Abby Sunderland
Flickr photo by abbysunderland
To everyone's collective relief, Abby Sunderland -- the 16-year-old attempting to sail solo around the world -- has been located in the Indian Ocean and Australian officials are saying she is safe and ready to be rescued.

According to CNN:

"Sunderland's vessel is adrift in the middle of the Indian Ocean some 2,000 miles east of Madagascar, 2,000 miles west of Australia, and 500 miles north of the French Antarctic Islands."

Sunderland set sail on January 23 from Los Angeles with the goal of becoming the youngest person to sail around the world alone without stopping. After a few months she had to surrender the world record goal after encountering equipment problems, but she still aimed to finish.

Then on Wednesday, June 9, she posted on her blog. Soon after, she went off the grid.

Her distress beacons were activated and Australian officials were frantically searching for the missing teen.

Her parents had taken quite a bit of flak for their decision to let their daughter go on this journey, and yesterday the general tenor seemed to be "I told you so." And so I wonder how people will feel now.

I can see both sides of this. On the one hand, I admire this girl's bravery and sense of adventure and would love it if my own daughter was as spunky. On the other hand, the idea scares the s@#$ out of me. Truly.

Still, like the child who climbed Everest, I think life is really short and if my child were such a prodigy to have those dreams and aspirations, I would want to believe that I would not hold them back. Maybe. I don't know.

Ask me again when my kids are teenagers.

What do you all think you would do?