He gained a newfound optimism for life when he was given
something to look forward to: a new mission to Tierra
del Fuego – the Land of Fire – in search of a mythical treasure.
As a veteran explorer this was most possibly David’s last
assignment. But he was thrilled that it was in a place known as the land of
fire and ice, situated at the end of the world at the southern-most peak of
South America, and hosting inimitable natural beauty and wildlife.
The past couple of months were hard on him. Having faced
health problems, divorce, loss of loved ones, high fines for debts and a series
of daily challenges, which he thought he would never survive.
Yet, he tried to bring to mind all those seemingly
impossible missions he had completed successfully. If he could handle
circumstances other people didn’t even dream of, surely he could conquer the
difficulties of daily life as well.
But depression got the better of him, nonetheless. He found
no joy in living and saw no real sense in anything anymore.
Until he received that call, telling him he was the only one
for the job. He was thrilled to be the single person most suitable for this
mission of a lifetime. Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, he felt reborn,
renewed, in preparing for his travel.
He may never find what he was looking for. It was indeed
considered impossible that the treasure even existed. But he would try with all
In the least, he would find himself, and perhaps comprehend
that sometimes the treasures we seek are not across the world but right next to