I have a passion for adventure, which, I guess, means I ultimately have a passion for life. An adventure doesn’t have to be something extreme or death defying. Seeking a new job, trying out a new environment or learning a new skill in your free time - these are all new adventures and challenges in your life that you need to push yourself to achieve.
That is one of the key themes I will be talking about at the 2014 Adventure Travel Show on Sunday (26th January) at Olympia London.
I was very honoured to be asked to speak at the event, and to be on the same platform as the awesome Sir Ranulph Fiennes is such a buzz. It's been a great opportunity to look back on my life so far and reflect on the things i have done.
|Arctic - beautiful but deadly|
In my life I have always tried to push myself. I have been to the Arctic three times, attempted to break the Trans-Atlantic sailing speed record, which was the arguably the most dangerous trip of my life and have managed to break several records, including the fastest crossing of the English Channel by Kiteboard.
And this year I am going to undertake two of my biggest challenge yet - attempting to get from London to the top of the Matterhorn in Switzerland entirely under human power and being the youngest man in space flying on Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage. Quite a surreal thought.
But, while I am passionate about pushing myself, I am equally, if not more so, passionate about showing the new perspective that adventures gives people. It inspires them to push themselves more in their lives, set new goals and generally refuse to be cowed by obstacles. By seeking a new adventure, you are already asking the best question in life. It’s not ‘Why?’, but ‘Why not?’.
I hope to see you guys on Sunday.
All the best,
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