A friend of mine looked me dead in the eyes and said: "You have the most amazing life." I froze as my eyes glassed over with tears and my face started to burn. "Every time I see what you're doing your adventuring somewhere new, climbing mountains, jumping off waterfalls or hanging out at the beach." Still frozen as the lump in my throat almost blocked off my airways. I had no response....she was absolutely right.
Unlike so many of my friends and family, I haven't yet stepped onto the 'traditional life path.' Maybe someday I will, but maybe I wont. To be clear, I'm not for a moment suggesting this way is any less or better than any other, its just different to what I know. Instead I seem to live more a nomadic and free type of life. Wanderlust energy runs high through my soul. This somewhat nomadic pull plucked me swiftly out of the 9-5 city life.
I find it amazing how much you can focus and concentrate so intensely on one thing only. Everything else can be blocked out no matter how much of a distraction it may normally be. I had blocked out the excitement of Queensland, the sun shining at 28 degrees; and that a crowd had lined the fence and filled two grandstands to watch us. To put all those distractions aside and concentrate was something that at 17 years old, I had trained myself to do. To otherwise be absorbed up into this exciting atmosphere was a distraction that many of my opponents succumb to.