Xavier Rosset, a Swiss adventurer, spent around 300 days alone in Tofua, which is an island in the Pacific Ocean.
The reason behind his adventure is that he wanted to experience the old ways of living, and he wanted to experience loneliness and the ‘emotions and thoughts’ evoked by having nearly no contact with people for almost 300 days.
Xavier Rosset actually survived for 300 days alone on his own with only a swiss knife and a machete as tools. Here’s a video of his life during that duration.
Xavier took cameras with him to film the experience. He also took communication tools in case he needed something from his teammates who were organizing things for his adventure.
He used solar power to make sure he could recharge the Camera’s batteries and tried his best to keep his filming equipment safe from all possible dangers.
During his crazy adventure, Xavier faced an enormous amount of problems. We’ll reflect on two of these problems in this article.
1 – SURVIVAL
Surviving for 300 days alone in an abandoned Island with a knife and a machete isn’t as easy as it might seem. There are hundreds of ways that you could die in such conditions.
You could starve to death, you could get injured and die from infection, you could get attacked by animals, you could die from a storm, you could give up due to your loneliness and the list is never ending.
For food, Xavier had to go through the whole food production process that we take for granted all by himself. He had to craft a fishing rod to catch fish. He had to collect wood from around the island every single time he wanted to eat.
He had to learn how to preserve food in case he wasn’t lucky on a hunting day. He had to climb trees to find fruits, he had to chase animals around the island and slay them for their meat.
What’s the worst thing about this whole process? A single mistake might lead him to his death.
We should really take some time to appreciate the historical period that we are living in. People nowadays worry about how much likes and recognition they’re getting online instead of worrying about how to slay an animal and burn it for food every single day. That’s a huge advancement, or is it?
What about injuries?
No wonder a lot of people died in the past due to the lack of medical knowledge and equipment.
Some mistreated injury can turn into an infection that can cause permanent damage to the body and might lead to death.
During Xavier’s adventure, you can easily notice the very high chances of getting injured at any time.
Xavier did injure himself at one point in the above video and he had to call a doctor to ask for help.
Using the Doctor’s instructions, the wound healed in a few days. Had he not asked for any medical support, his wound would have caused him a lot of trouble.
During the 300 days alone, Nature caused a huge threat to Xavier. Rain penetrated his self made tent and kept him wet all the time, insects and flies kept bothering him.
Storms however, are the worst of them all. Storms at night were so strong and scary to the point that you think the sea is going to swallow him and his tent at any time.
The lightning sounds and brightness were much stronger than they would be if you’re sitting at your house listening to some music.
When you’re watching Xavier’s experience with storms, it feels like you’re watching a horror movie. What’s more interesting is that Xavier kept his cool all the time.
2 – LONELINESS
You’ve already heard of the fact that humans are social creatures haven’t you? Xavier’s adventure is a living proof of that theory.
How long do you think it took Xavier’s mental state to deteriorate due to staying 300 days alone? It took him less than 10 days. Can you imagine that?
Less than 10 days in, and Xavier felt the pain of being alone in the middle of nowhere. What’s worse for him is the thought that he’ll have to remain there for 290 more days. That sounds too long.
Luckily though, Xavier managed to control his emotional state. He did meet some people during the 300 days though.
Sometimes, the Island that he lived in attracted some visitors for a few days. The visitors were on the opposite side of where Xavier stayed.
However, Xavier did have some contact with some of these visitors when one of them asked for medical support. Xavier was more than excited to help a wounded man using the experience he gained while dealing with his own wounds.
Xavier also managed to find a little friend to help him with his journey.
One day, he encountered a pig, and instead of hunting it for food, he decided to keep it as a companion during the hard times Xavier was passing through.
Xavier and the pig ate together, walked around together and slept together. That gave Xavier’s time on the Island much better than when he was alone.
Spoiler: The Pig later disappears and Xavier’s grief reaches a high level at that point.
What should we take away from all this 300 days alone experience?
Loneliness is a serious issue. Even the smallest encounter with any form of life could help maintain a good mental state.
Talk to people when you can, express your feelings to them, express your emotions and enjoy every second when you’re sitting around people or animals because you need it.
The life that we’re living today is much easier than it was not so much back in time.
A lot of the things that we take for granted today, were a huge concern for the people who lived before us.
Instead of complaining about the smallest details, we should take some time to feel thankful for the advantage that we were given in our era.
After Xavier has spent 300 days alone on an island, he was asked whether or not he would do it again if he had the chance, his answer was, you guessed it, NO.
He won’t do it again. Xavier would have definitely experienced modern life in a much different way after his adventure on the island.
You shouldn’t need to stay on an Island for 300 days alone to start seeing things differently.
Next time you see someone asking you on social media whether you would dare to stay alone for a long time and later win a pile of money, just show them this article, and they’ll have their answer (unless the money amount is too big to be turned down of course).
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