Everyone else on the flight was asleep. It’s a smart way to adjust to the time change from Seattle to Tokyo. But I could not sleep. The improbable survival story of Zamperini kept me awake. I looked outside at the distant ocean from 38,000 feet and imagined Zamperini and his pilot Phil floating on a small punctured raft, surrounded by sharks, drifting for 47 days, covering 2000 miles with no food or water. If ever there was a description of impossibility, this was it. Read here more about what I learned from this incredible story.

© Aviv Shahar