Sadly I’m not actually in Russia today, but I’m almost certainly in my armchair watching the World Cup over there. (If you are equally busy and don’t have time for my waffling, scroll down to get the usual good stuff – links to films, articles and events). Meanwhile I’ll be getting nervous for England’s prospects.
Speaking of nerves, today I want to talk about fear (WHAT.A.SEGUE… 👊)
There are many things that stop us living as adventurously as we dream of. The biggestÂ are often eitherÂ timeÂ (luckilyÂ I wrote a book about this), orÂ moneyÂ (luckilyÂ I wrote a book about this, too).
Then there are other practical barriers and inconveniences, of course, and it’s important to realise that everyone has obstacles.
The criticalÂ thing is to work out whatÂ isÂ possible, rather than lamenting what is not.
A few weeks ago I askedÂ people what was standing between them andÂ adventureÂ (I wrote a newsletter specifically aboutÂ things that inhibit women, here).
What shockedÂ me, beyond or behind most of the practical issues,Â was how much fear gets in the way.Â We don’t always acknowlege that we are scared, preferring to hide behind other excuses.
So I began specifically asking whatÂ fearÂ was stopping people from living adventurously. I got over 400 replies (and now added to my To Do list is ‘figure out what to do with all this wonderful information’). The same issues came up time and time again.
I did my best to address and distill them all into this short filmÂ and into thisÂ blog post.
If it strikes a chord with you I would love to hear from you.
An excellent, provocative article on Fear:Â You may not like what Mark Twight has to say, you may not agree, it may raise your hackles. But you’ve got to applaud him for having the courage of his convictions. I read it when I’m tempted by complacency. [Contains swearing.]
Some Other Stuff:
- Tickets are selling fastÂ for theÂ Night of Adventure eveningÂ in BristolÂ on 11Â July – all for charity as always, all female speakers. I’m really looking forward to listening to all the stories.
- An old-fashioned alternative to Instagram:Â intriguing photos from Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expeditionÂ of a century ago. (The book,Â Mawson’s Will, is one of my favourite polar reads.)
- An Instagram account to follow:Â @not_disabledÂ shows his life and climbing in the aftermath of becoming disabled. He alsoÂ wrote this excellent article.Â
- AnÂ ambitious adventure to follow:Â the 7 summits, but with a twist of travelling between each mountain by cycling, rowing, or walking.Â
- I’d love to tell youÂ howÂ wonderful this book is, (139 5-star Amazon reviews etc.) but the simple truth is I’d really like to flog a bunch to clear out some space so that I can buy a new bike!Â It’s only Â£5 and it’s Buy One Get One Free… (in fact,Â all of my books are now on sale.) [UK only – sorry]
Enjoy the World Cup!