Advice From Icebergs

They say a lot without saying it.

John Fitch
Apr 21, 2014 · 4 min read

I recently went to Antarctica on a gorgeous adventure.

We had one lucky day of perfect conditions in a place coined “Iceberg Cemetery”.

Below you will find portraits of Icebergs I captured and my thoughts of what they were sharing with me in the moment.


Image for post
Image for post

This was the first iceberg to spot before landing.

It greeted us with anxiousness as it knew what was ahead — beauty that we couldn’t imagine.

I was reminded of the awesome feeling you get when you are the proud host of an amazing gathering.


Image for post
Image for post

Next I met a friendly neighbor.

This iceberg made sure that I recognized the beauty of independence. It was a wise character that was wondering alone in thought and appreciation.

“Go on” it said.

“You must navigate to see where others of my kind gather for their place of rest. You have much to admire and learn from them”


Image for post
Image for post

On the way to Iceberg Cemetery, other icebergs would wave from the distance.

You know that moment when a stranger acknowledges you while you are passing by? It often turns a foreign place into somewhere familiar and brings about comfort.

It is important to acknowledge strangers — it helps them become more present.


Image for post
Image for post

The entrance to Iceberg Cemetery.

From this point on, I would navigate this majestic meeting place speechless.

In long observations, taking in advice from the most convincing of characters.


Image for post
Image for post

Find your home in simple imagination. The thoughts that create a cradle in your mind are the same thoughts that can cradle your actual emotions.


Image for post
Image for post

Don’t get lost in the immediate external. Learn to appreciate the root, foundation, and core of what is not first presented to your senses.


Image for post
Image for post

Embrace your difference among others.


Image for post
Image for post

Don’t fight against the flow too much. Sometimes letting it naturally take shape makes it feel like perfection in the end.


Image for post
Image for post

Unexpected visitors are one of life’s greatest gifts. They take shape in many forms, interact in different ways, and can make all the difference.


Image for post
Image for post

Don’t rush and learn to accept that time is a vital element of creativity.


Image for post
Image for post

Always be mindful of the details.


Image for post
Image for post

Discovering new things about yourself is exciting. Treasures await you when exploring new corners on a daily basis.


Image for post
Image for post

You are the only source of your happiness. In the center of you lies an intrinsic ability to create bliss.


Image for post
Image for post

There will be challenging moments. Treat them with acceptance and see what you can do to ignite the beginnings of a great story.


Image for post
Image for post

When the challenge is over, you will have a moment of reflection which reminds you of how beautiful it was.


Image for post
Image for post

Be silent. It is ok if you have no words.


Image for post
Image for post

There are massive characters that live among us. You have that same level of potential and impact.


Image for post
Image for post

A transparent society is a healthy society.


Image for post
Image for post

If you step back and simply think about it, we are all in this together.


I wish you all a potential trip to the white continent.

I look forward to sharing more of what I filmed/photographed on my journey.

Travel Narrative

This collection will focus on travel narratives.

John Fitch

Written by

Facilitating the future of work. Chief Product Officer of Voltage Control || Co-author of Time Off

Travel Narrative

This collection will focus on travel narratives. Narrative is storytelling. If your submission starts out with “10 things I like about…”, it’s NOT narrative. Thanks!

John Fitch

Written by

Facilitating the future of work. Chief Product Officer of Voltage Control || Co-author of Time Off

Travel Narrative

This collection will focus on travel narratives. Narrative is storytelling. If your submission starts out with “10 things I like about…”, it’s NOT narrative. Thanks!

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store