I accidentally watched all of “The Terror” series 1 the other weekend (mild spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen this series) and have subsequently been obsessed with the story. I immediately started the book and read the wiki article. I’ve just finished reading Michael Palin’s book on the Erebus. I may have got a bit entranced by this story and by the concept of exploring unknowns. That and it took them 150 years ish to actually find the boats in the ice.
The wild confidence in packing your ship to the brim with supplies for several years and heading out to the unknown to find a new way through for the glory of the empire.
I’ve been on somewhat of an expedition myself having started a new role 2 months ago and working towards absorbing as much as I can and as quickly as I can about our product and system so I can be useful.
It is always difficult to work out which direction to head in first and where to start. The end goal is fairly established like the Terror/Erebus but how to get there, how long it will take and what obstacles, icebergs, knowledge gaps, pride or lead poisoning (might not apply here) along the way might hinder progress.
Terror’s/Erebus’ lead poisoning may be metaphorically akin to impostor syndrome. We are all infected by it at some stage and its constant contamination of our nourishment affects us all differently, but the end result is the same eventually. I mean the end results that impostor syndrome has on us, not that impostor syndrome ends like lead poisoning, hopefully not anyway.
The Terror and the Erebus themselves are good words to attach to dark feelings that are harder to quell when you are starting anew and learning. How do we dwell here in the dark, but find enough light to lead us through?
“I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt; I fear; I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul.”Dracula- Bram Stoker
Maps (documentation) can only take you so far and tools or methods you’ve used before may not work in this new uncharted territory. The main failing from crews of the Terror and the Erebus is they didn’t interact with the people who lived where they were trapped, knew the lands and how to hunt in even the harshest of environmental conditions.
If you are on a new adventure, always consider asking your new colleagues or your network for advice, tricks and tips of the trade. Don’t expect a tool or context to apply here cos it applied elsewhere before. Always be absorbing wherever there is opportunity and don’t eat the tinned goods.