The Importance Of Adventure, Challenge Yourself!
We, as humans can be very habitual characters. Getting up and going through the same morning routine each day whether that is getting the kids ready for school, doing morning meditation or grabbing a coffee on the go in order to make that 7:30am train. We work, rest and repeat until the weekend when we enjoy our "free time" and then prepare to take on another week.
Granted, this is not the routine for everybody. Some work from home, some work at night, some work shifts but most of us have one thing in common; we have found and secured a habitual routine, flowing through our lives.
So, what if I were to say you should look to throw a challenge or adventure in there? Something that scares you, makes you nervous and demands your attention and energy. Who would be up for it? You could do it alone or with family and friends. But why would you want to do it? What is the benefit?
Well, as I sit here and write this article in my favourite coffee shop (Black Goo in Tring, Buckinghamshire) I contemplate my history of adventures and challenges, mulling over the opportunities for the next one....
I feel I can speak to you from experience; testing and challenging myself and as a result realising how much I can achieve and most importantly making memories and friends for life.
Your chosen adventure or challenge doesn't have to be huge, it doesn't have to be overseas or cost loads of money, hey, it doesn't even have to be physical! You may have always wanted to learn a new language, get a certain qualification, learn to sew or cook! There are thousands of things that you can do by yourself or with others, but all of them achieve a common goal. They break habits, move us outside our comfort zone and help with that sense of achievement. We learn more about ourselves, we build our knowledge and push our limits.
I have always loved a challenge and I am inspired by adventure, the people I will meet and the places it will take me. So many people go to the gym, join an exercise class or start running to get fit but they do not thoroughly enjoy it. They do not see the journey as part of the experience and they dread the next session, day or event. What if you turned this process on its head and set a challenge or planned an adventure that helped you to achieve your goals but allowed you to focus and have fun along the way? What if you could inspire and encourage others through your journey? With a goal wrapped up in a challenge or a planned adventure you will have the motivation to achieve. You could even raise money for a cause or a charity close to your heart.
I have committed to challenges that have provided me with the motivation to train and not give up when things got tough. I have reached and surpassed my limits, a ceiling I set myself not knowing that I would crash through it and dare myself to think bigger.
I completed the London Marathon as soon as I was old enough to enter. I learnt how to ride a mountain bike on some of the worlds hardest trails and trained for five years to reach a standard where I could race in the Enduro World Series and achieved a 19th place. I said I would complete an Ironman before my 30th birthday, crossing the line in Majorca to become an Ironman 5 months before I turned 30 years old. I raised money for a very dear charity to me 'Make-A-Wish' by swimming across the English Channel in nothing more than a costume! I raced on a world cup downhill piste for a Downhill ski race in Meribel, France, completed the original Tough Guy obstacle race and this year I committed to complete 10 kilometres a day, every day, for a year.
Why do I feel the need to tell you all this? Well, this is my story, part of it anyway. I love sport, I love fitness and adventure, but most of all I know anybody can do it! By removing myself from my habitual daily routine, I keep my mind fresh, it helps me to destress and allows me to see amazing things and meet amazing people. This would never happen if I didn't take the leap off the merry-go-round of life we far too easily get stuck on.
So, give it a shot, set a goal, a challenge, an adventure. It may just change everything! Worst case scenario, you learn a new skill, get fitter and healthier, make some amazing memories or meet some amazing people!
Go get em! xx