Roz Savage spoke at my son Jay’s graduation at the University of Tulsa.
Have you heard of Roz Savage? I hadn’t. Now I know that she was the first woman to row across three oceans—the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed more than 15,000 miles, sometimes braving 20-foot waves, once capsizing three times in 24 hours and once almost dying from dehydration when her water makers broke.
At the TU graduation, she talked about the lessons she has learned from her ocean rowing adventures.
First, she said that she has learned that she is capable of doing much more than she thought she could do. “One thing about ocean rowing,” she explained, “it’s very hard to quit when you’re in the middle of an ocean.”
Second, you can go a long way with tenacity and determination. “Take life one stroke at a time,” she said.
Third, you don’t have to be a courageous person to do courageous things. On one of her first ocean crossings, she was petrified during the first two weeks. Finally, she realized that she was still in her boat and still rowing and she was doing okay.
You can find out more about Roz Savage at her website.