As fate would have it, a friend shared this image via social media today just as I was contemplating what this post should be about. Purpose is hard to pin point; difficult to explain sometimes; but usually can be spoken about eloquently and relevantly by its defender. As the diagram shows, there are many “gray” areas, points we find overlapping for the sake of…well… the purpose. I believe anyone can start their journey of purpose at any hand of the clock. I started at the 12 o’clock position by realizing my love for science and the outdoors through many youthful ventures. Like many kids, I just wanted to grow up and be able to stay outside and play all day. And, at 6 o’clock, with encouragement and support from many, I have held jobs that hardly feel like work, in beautiful places with incredible people. I’ve been humbled by words about 9 o’clock, but almost more importantly, the unwritten “gray” area there is taking into consideration all the times I’ve been told how something I do could be better – and not how to do it, just to create the solution myself. And finally, I know to be true that my life pursuits of conservation and education are most definitely 3 o’clock. These clock-like features anchor my purpose: not always in an exact order but a little chaotic, just to keep me on my toes and with my head in the game.
So, what’s the purpose of this Nautilus Expedition you ask? It begins with Ocean Exploration Trust which was founded in 2008 by Titanic-discoverer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in pure ocean exploration. The Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus is a 64-meter research vessel operated by the OET. As the E/V Nautilus conducts scientific research across the world’s oceans, it also connects scientists, educators, students and explorers of any age with the opportunity to experience its field work via live audio, video and data feeds 24/7 on NautilusLive.
And considering less than 5% of the ocean floor has been explored, the purpose of E/V Nautilus exists in this simplest form: to go where none have gone before. Many bathymetric (underwater topography) maps have been produced over the last 6 years that existed in poor form earlier on or not at all. Several exciting discoveries pepper the highlight reels of E/V Nautilus, such as unusual deep-sea species never witnessed before casually meandering across video feeds and underwater wrecks appearing out of the abyss in a confirmed location to marine archaeological scientists on shore.
The crowning jewel of E/V Nautilus is its incredible telepresence that connects the excitement of live exploration with people across the world from the comfort of their home, through an interaction hosted at a local museum or aquarium, or with their teachers and peers in a classroom. During in-port ship tours the public is given a chance to tour the vessel, meet the Corps of Exploration and get stoked on ocean exploration. I will have the opportunity during the California Borderlands leg in early August to sail with an impressive group of high schoolers selected from across the country for the Honors Research Program. International scientists and researchers will be on the ship or be available ashore to give feedback to the ROV (remote operated vehicle; read = no people will be in our submersibles) pilot and engineer and they maneuver the vehicles to collect physical, biological, geological, chemical, and archaeological data and samples.
So you see – there is something for everyone on board this exciting expedition. I hope to serve you well as an adventurer out there, encouraging you to take action in your own passions and purpose.
“3:00” – The world needs it.
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