Sixteen-Year-Old Lost At Sea, Like A Sixteen-Year-Old

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Abby Sunderland on a Boat

No, American youth – you are ambitious in all the wrong ways! I have to give a pass to that seventeen-year-old who climbed Mt. Everest (because he completed the act) but he was also with other adults. And even if you are an adult – which at sixteen and seventeen you almost legally are – it is still best not to venture into the untamed wild regardless of drive/false bravery/inability to relate to others.

But one sixteen-year-old girl, seemingly with parental consent [?], is attempting to break the record for the youngest person to sail around the world – a record which her brother held at age 17:

Abby set sail from Los Angeles County’s Marina del Rey in her 40-foot boat, Wild Eyes, on Jan. 23 in an attempt to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone without stopping. Her brother Zac briefly held the record at age 17.

Even the kid from Into The Wild ran away from his family to complete his forest mission. And they were a solidly middle class family. This girl’s family is boat people. She was probably about going college shopping at USC and UCLA and heaven forbid Berkely and now the girl is lost somewhere around in the Indian Ocean. Jesus, don’t try to break a life-threatening world record until you have little life left.

Via Huffpo