1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?
“My biggest achievement is probably to have followed through with my dream of cycling through Africa when I was 22. I am glad that I listened to the dream, against all the dissuasive attempts of other people, and that I did not give up on it, because it granted me the richest adventure of my life to date. Not only did I travel through some incredible scenery, from the vastness of deserts, like the Sahara and the Namib, to the densest of Central African jungle, but I met the kindest of friends and souls along the way – pearls of wisdom and humility – who reinforced my belief more than ever, that there are far, far more good people in this world, than bad – and expanded my view of Africa, showing me that this continent is far richer, tougher and greater than I could even dream, and where there are people who keep hope and positivity alive in even the harshest of conditions. I think back of that trip, of the people along the way and of everything I learnt, with the deepest of gratitude.”
2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?
“Setting out on a new adventure and stepping out of my comfort zone towards the unknown, is a challenge time and again, especially when looking at the challenge in its entirety and envisaging the goal. There is no such thing as resting on one’s laurels, no matter how often I have done it before. So, when fear and uncertainty, or the immensity of what I have decided to try to undertake, start to take hold of me, then I have to tell myself to gather courage, to keep going and to face that fear. The first steps are always the hardest. Once the adventure is in motion, I deal with things as they arise. When the going gets tough, and the mountain ahead seems too high to climb, then all I can do is to keep going , to break the journey down again into one step at a time, one bit of problem solving at a time, and into milestones….”
3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?
“I have had so many people help me along the way, and help me to achieve my dreams. I often wonder what it is that I can give back to the world, for all the help that I have received. I would like to think that one of the most constructive aspects of my travels, has been the many, many friendships that have been formed, and even though many of those people I might not see again, they have left a lasting memory of fondness and friendship with me, and I suspect that most often the feeling is mutual. To meet a friend, no matter the duration, to exchange a message and a view of the world, to be able to listen to someone else’s story and share one’s own, and to walk a little bit of the path together, is one of the biggest blessings, and a great way to expand one’s view and understanding of the world. I also feel that seeing as I have been so privileged to have visited the many places that I have, if others can and wish to travel vicariously with me, then I owe it to those people to share my experience. If I can inspire even one other person to live out their own dreams and overcome their own or collective fears, to venture out and discover the grandness of this world we live in, then I would be very glad.”
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