It was mixed feelings for me leaving Sydney and returning home to Hong Kong, excited about seeing my daughters, relieved that Bounty Boat preparations were complete, seeing her being lifted in the container triggered a great sigh…. Spending time with the crew and coming together as a team was a fun, how we would get along and gel together was a major concern for me,
it is difficult to imagine spending so much time in such close proximity for such an extended period of time with someone your close too, let alone complete strangers! We are all very different, each member compliments each other and it is an honor to be part of the team. We share a common goal, mutual respect (though I don’t I personally get enough) and a positive outlook on the challenge ahead, I am certain this will considerably contribute to the increased probability of success, with the addition to the team of lady luck!! Please drop by when you are available!
Being back home with my children is wonderful, I am going to miss them terribly, my eldest daughter at 14 has a better understanding of the expedition and my reasons for participation. My youngest at 7 does not, so I have been busy thinking of ways to involve her without unnecessary worry. I am scouring the book shops for a large map on which I can mark out the intended journey and she can follow. I’ve bought some great children’s books by Patrick O’Brien on Great Ships and the Bounty, this is an adventure for the family, not just Dad! I need to remind myself of that.
Back to my real world, in the office it very busy completing my regular work load and then managing my affairs in anticipation for the trip. (Meeting with the lawyers to update my will was a moment of WHY am I doing this) My business partners and staff are very supportive, if not a little perplexed.
I have had deep reservations about the expedition since returning, the pendulum daily swinging between fear and excitement, as I write it is heavily on the excitement side, yesterday was very different (might be connected with Will updating) I remain considerably outside my comfort zone, for me, the adventure has already began, if only at least emotionally.
Meeting with Eddie Chambers tomorrow, my fitness trainer and he plans to put me back on a strict regime… Oh Great…. Cant wait.. See you tomorrow Ed.
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