Since returning to
My stock answer? Because, I cannot think of any reason Why NOT? This is truthful if not a little simplistic and so in the comfort of my own bed, while the wind howled outside I last night reflected further and came up with the following conclusions
Firstly, I am happy to say, is not a midlife crisis! as I plan to live until 110 I am a long way of my midlife! I can report; for me, one of the many benefits of being over 45 is improved self awareness, less conceited than my 30’s… though more self aware, I like this, it is a gift that comes with growing, of age! This adventure is an important part of this journey; it enables me to learn about me, what defines me? Who the raw inner person is? This upcoming experience of discomfort, isolation from my loved ones, food deprivation, cold, wet and likely on many occasions very miserable, all contribute to the discovery of my basic human instincts, and that of my fellow crew. I hope I will approach this with playful curiosity, for the sake of my and others sanity, I accept I will emerge a different person, not better or worse, simply different, that is my adventure, that is the unknown outcome, for me, that is WHY?
The dependency upon complete strangers, fellow crew mates to survive, the stripping away of self façades, emotionally naked and back to the basic human beings we all ultimately are. To really learn to trust others, forced to remove rigidity in my perception of people, to appreciate strengths, rather than the lazy pre-judging and stereotyping that comes with such ease in our day to day living. Our lives will depend upon the decisions of each other and that will take trust and faith. Ages nationalities, cultures, achievements and previous losses will all mean nothing, our ability to survive will on the decisions made at that moment.
It is so terribly exciting, that is WHY and WHY on earth would I NOT embrace this opportunity and adventure…
More mundane… Exercise regime back in place, eating well and savouring every dish put before me... and getting very nervous… Discovery Bay Management (where I live in Hong Kong) has kindly permitted us access to the Bounty, www.thebounty.com.hk a replica of the original Bounty for a photo shoot to help raise awareness of the expedition here in HK. Thank you for your support!!...DAVE