Archive for May, 2012

A little over a month ago I blogged about a truly inspirational group of bike riders that were planing on a trip from the Isle of Man all the way down though the UK and over into Africa and finishing up in Durban South Africa. You can read that blog here. But as with all best laid plans not every thing can go to plan all the time. So this is just a bit of an update to what Bushy McKelvey and Hylton Smith have been up to the past few weeks. And boy have they been busy.

Africa Map

So plan “B” is now to visit 16 countries in Africa and cover some 18,000 kms. Still an epic journey for someone who is somewhat legless. During the trip Bushy and Hylton plan to understand cultures, lifestyles and problems that disabled  people encounter on a daily basis in each of the countries visited. They will also be focusing on environmental Non-Profit organisations along the way. To be honest I think the plan “B” option of just doing an Africa trip will actually be harder than one stating in the Isle of Man and heading though Africa. Going though Africa means that you can pick and choice the countries you go though a little easier so as to avoid some of the political conflicts that are being faced in Africa. Where as this way not so easy as you have to make a massive detour round a country that you may wish to miss.

Now if that was not all, planing for an epic trip round Africa, Bushy has also set a world record ! 1500km in 24 hours on a Vespa Scooter, around the winding and sharp turning Red Star Raceway in Gauteng, to raise funds for the Out On A Limb expedition! The previous world record was set at 1178km

You can read more about the 24hr Scooter World Record Challenge here.

Well its not long now till Bushy, Hylton and their support team and camera crew depart from Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, on their epic 16 countries 18,000 kms journey.  They will be departing on Saturday 2nd June 2012 and will head down to the coast. You can follow their progress via The Out on A Limb Facebook page here and on the official Out on A Limb page where you can also find loads of info on the team and sponsors. You can also find ways of how to support the guys here too.

So I wish the Bushy, Hylton and all the team all the very best on their epic adventure and it just goes to show even when your legless  you can still stand tall and and follow your dreams to make a difference.

Swimming with the flow

Posted: 05/23/2012 in Uncategorized

Its been a few days since my last blog, sorry about that but I have been busy getting back on the fitness bandwagon. The other day I walked into the bathroom wearing my grey shirt and I thought someone had let an elephant into the bathroom. It was my reflection in the mirror. So it time to do something about the belly. So its back to the gym, swimming and a new one for me Pilates.

I have always been a keen swimmer. Geting up at 6am so as to be in the pool for 7am 3 times a week. I am defiantly not up to any form of competitive swimming thats for sure. Its just a great way to get focused for the day ahead as its quite a lonely sport, swimming up and down the 25m lane time and time again. Currently I am doing around 50 lengths in 30 mins but got a fair bit to go till I get to my personal best of 100 lengths in a hour.

One of the things that amazes me every morning, I drag my sorry ass out of bed, to go swimming ( it’s harder to do during winter when its cold and dark ) is the number of retired people that get up to do exactly what I am doing. Every morning there are 10 or so retiree’s that are going to put some swimming time in. How are these people so motivated ? Why the 7am season ? There are plenty of other seasons during the day they could go to without having to get up and some silly hour of the morning. Hell I would if it was not for me having to be at work at 8:30 !

These old timers inspire me. They could easily have a nice long lay in and do things at a leisurely pace.  But these guys are hardcore! They have been swimming all their life. This is what they do! They have been at it well before I was even a twinkel in my mom’s eye. Swimming in an out door pool come rain or sunshine. ( I am sure they weather has not changed that much in the decades so I would guess it was more rain than sunshine! ) They have not yet tired of the lonely slog up and down the lane. To them this is just more than an attempt at longevity. Its a social event too. One to catch up on the gossip and talk about football and moan about politics and how hot the changing room is.

I feel if these hardcore old timers can do this morning after morning a young(ish) whipper snapper like me should be able to get up in the morning and feel fresh and energised to face what ever the world has to throw at me. After all these old timers have been though all sorts and yet they still get up early to maximise their day. So that they can go with the flow of life and enjoy it to the max!

How things change

Posted: 05/07/2012 in Uncategorized

My Boy Friend and I were talking in the car yesterday on our way to see The Avengers (Marvel Avengers Assembly as its called here in the UK )  and he came up with a rather random question. Nothing to do with the movie we were on our way to see. I can’t remember the question exactly but it was something along the lines of when do we stop to aspire to do something or become someone ?

When we were kids we all inspired to be firemen, police men,doctors, or as the daughter of a friend once said to me when I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up…. “A person!” We all aspire to be a key figure in society when we are young and innocent. As we grow up our idea’s of what we aspire to be and achieve in life changes too. We learn the being a fireman or police officer is an under paid and dangerous profession so we raise our sights a bit. Doctors and Lawyers are now top of our aspirations list.

But my Boy Friend wanted to know what’s after that ?

Not that easy to answer is it ? But I thought I would give it a go and maybe it is simple to answer as being we just don’t stop striving to be the top of your game I guess.

I can’t remember what was I wanted to be when I was a kid. I guess it was the fireman or police man. It might have even been Super Man or He-Man at the time. But I at a young age I doubt any of us really had a 60 year plan to where we wanted to be in life. My life has changed it course so many times over the last 10 / 12 years its unreal. But I guess our 60 year plan is in the back of our head being played out. We may not even relise it as being such. I know in my life I wanted to do all sorts of things. Become a paramedic when I left school to getting into communications when I arrived back in the UK. None of these were realised but it dint matter as all I really ever wanted to be was at the top of my game.

In work we start from the bottom and we work our way up. It just depends how high you want to go really. In life we work at being respected by our peers and family. We treat people as we wish to be treated in return. And we focus on the goals that we set our selfs. Realistic goals.

I think being at the top of our game is what we all aspire too. I am in my mid thirties and still climbing my way to the top of my end game. I still have a bucket list of things to do and a corporate lader to climb. But I am lucky in the fact I can say if the world was to come to an end right now that I have lived. I have achieved many things and over come many hurdles too. But they are the things that drive me and motivate me. It would be a sad waste of ones life if you had not achieved anything in your time alive. Even if its a small thing. It need only be a small thing that you can step back and be proud of. Over coming all odds to come out on top. Thats all it has to be. There are plenty of people who can be a lot worse off than yourself. But they find some form of inner strength to over come these hurdles in their life, to get to the top of their game.

It is these sort of people that inspire me. The ones that don’t have it all dished out to them on a golden platter. That have turned life’s challenges into strengths and have said “NO! I will not be a victim! I am a survivor!”  And we can all draw strength from these people too. Its one of the reasons I am doing this blog. So that others can be aware of these people who have not played the victim card and carried on doing the best they can with what they got in order to be at the top of their game.

So if you feel you have not achieved much in life, take a step back. Look at yourself and look at what you have done in your life. Look at the hurdles you have over come and reflect. And you should see that you have come alone way in your life time. If you still feel you have not come along way to being at the top of your game, then look at others who have, and ask your self what has it taken to get to where they are in life? Use there story as inspiration and motivation let that be your strength. Life is not easy but you will grow stronger as a result of the hurdles you have to jump over to get to the top of your end game. And if all else fails, try try again. But you need not do it alone too. Like every top athlete in their race to be at the top of their game they have a team behind them supporting them and encouraging them along there way to be the fastest and the strongest. So if you need a helping hand, do not be scared to ask for the help so as to relise your end game. I know this to be true, from my own personal experience in life. Hard work, blood sweat and tears have helped me get quite far but the support of family, friends, work colleagues and my Boy Friend have all helped me to get where I am in life. They all inspire me ! Yours should inspire you !

Its not every day I am touched as deeply as I was by this story. I am not ashamed to tell you it brought a tear or two to my eyes.

I am not going to say any more other than click the link below.

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget | Zen Moments.