Tipping the Scale
Three years and seven months… that’s been the time since I left South Africa, flying to Australia to take on the first of seven continents. A massive human powered adventure has always been on my “bucketlist”, but little did I know how my life will change, the challenges I was about to face and the things I will learn from all the people from different backgrounds across the world.
Today is the 29th of March, and been thinking back to my life before the adventure actually started. Exactly four years ago, I was kayaking in Ha Long Bay (with a broken hand), on an Asia trip that changed my life and way I was thinking. Only one year before that, on March the 29th 2012, I was a confused man sitting in an office trying to find my way in life.
I’m currently sitting in a room, looking at an elderly Chilean woman making food on a wood stove. I can smell the food she is starting to prepare for the construction workers that will swing by at 14:00. She is listening to some Spanish radio station that’s only playing some chilling music. It’s a wet day outside after a massive thunderstorm that kept us up for hours last night. The rain sounded like hail on the tent canvas, but we were safe in our little cocoon.
I’ve been quiet the last few days, talking less than normally as we made our way through some amazing scenic areas in Patagonia. The last year has been a very important one for my future plans. There has been so many highs and a few lows, that led to where in currently sitting. A massive Siberian expedition did not realize, one of my big dreams I’ve had for a long time. I would have been on the final stretch of that expedition today. But I have always believed that things happen for a reason and learned much in the last year.
But just like any other things in life, everything that happens can either make you move forward or set you back. It’s up to you to decide which way the scale tips.
Was some of the setbacks hard? Yes, it was… more than most people will ever understand. Most people saw it as only one leg of the Around 7 Continents adventure that did not realize in the season of 2016/17, but for me its was much more than that.
As much as I hate setbacks, the more I actually love it! This whole adventure is about setting up a life which I would like to live… to do something I love doing… something that makes me happy. To learn which way I would like to go after this adventure is part of the journey. Its much more than a physical feat… its about learning from people and the ways of life across the world.
I’ve seen how easy or difficult people can make life. I’ve experienced that simple things were actually the things that make people happy. I keep reminding myself of the awesome experiences I’ve had across the first four continents and now of the 5th. I lay in bed thinking of the happy faces of the people I’ve met across the world and the things that made them happy. The people that’s been the happiest is the ones that are doing exactly what makes them happy.
Although I keep telling people to do what they love doing, I still have to remind myself of the same thing many times. We live in a world that can derail or through our thoughts in different directions in an instant.
Make sure you make the scale tip the way you would like it to