When we go to work on ourselves, its important to be open to the road ahead. Normally one would relate 'working on yourself' or 'growing as a person' to getting better, whatever better looks like? Happier, a more fulfilling life, openness and more opportunities. But the road forward its not always as clear cut as we first think. Remembering that we have both a light side and a shadow side.
Welcome to the first installment of my travel diary. Once a month I'll bring you insights and stories from my life on the road. Lets share the adventure...
China had never been high on my list of places to travel. Not because it is isn't beautiful, it is. Perhaps it was the images and stereotypes I had conjured up in my mind along the way. When I thought of China, I thought of overpopulated, smog-filled cities.
With sport comes the physical training; the greater influence is the mental training. Commitment, resilience, goal setting, visualisation, day in day out. If your going to the top you need to commit to all of that. But with it also comes flow, ease, enjoyment and most of all something that has dropped into my consciousness in the last few years, intuition. The instinctual feeling and knowingness that so often so many of us choose to ignore. In my mind, this is by far of greatest importance than anything else.
I'm a big believer that everything happens for a reason, nothing and no one is sent to us by accident. We can handle every challenge thrown our way...in fact its especially designed for us in that very moment. There is always a message, a lesson or a moment to cherish. For me this story brings reality to the phrase "I almost died" which can often be loosely thrown around. So here we go...
Can you imagine standing at the top of a bobsleigh track in the Austrian winter dressed only in a one piece lycra suit getting ready to hurl yourself down the icy slide? Or swimming in the mercy alligator infested rivers of the Amazon in hope that you might see a pink dolphin. Or perhaps in the middle of Bass Strait's open ocean in a sea kayak unable to see land in any direction?
My name is Abby, energy, lifestyle and adventure enthusiast. I do my best to stand apart from my experiences, some of which you read above. I recognise they are not who I am, yet have given me invaluable lessons and shaped my character to what it is today. You may not have found yourself in these exact places but you may be able to relate and even if you cant I urge you to read on.