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Do Something That Scares You!

by sharo (follow)
Alive and well at 60 and still adventuring!!
Sometimes, our daily lives just don't seem enough. Sometimes I feel the need to go deeper, grow bigger, see and do more. I need to live a life of adventure, fun and growth.

I need the thrill, the heart thumping, pounding, exhilaration that comes from accomplishing things that make me feel alive.

Having children was that first major thing in my life that brought these feelings to me. I love them dearly, have watched them grow beyond my expectations and can't wait to see what they do next.

As they have grown I realized that, I too, could have more than I was giving myself. Who knew? I didn't grow up this way, but here it was!

We had a chance so we moved to Australia from Canada. If you get a chance one day you need to go and see the amazing coastline that is Vancouver, BC., the majesty that is the Rocky Mountains, the beauty of the plains that stretch inland to the Great Lakes, through the forests on the eastern side of the country, to the east coast with its rocky shoreline and amazing people.

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Life is full of mountains to climb!

It has been a life changing adventure, one that we continue as tourists here in this country we now call home, with a wealth of things here to see.

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Adventure in the Blue Mountains!

In our early days when my hubby was busy with work, my kids at school, I started looking for more.

I abseiled down the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Then I went back and did it again. I have continued on this path, when I remember to push myself past my fears. I lost 14 kilograms. I flew in a biplane out of Caloundra where the pilot let me fly the plane. I was so alive in all of these moments. And I had always wanted to fly!

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So months have passed and I let myself slide. I was starting to feel again like there was something missing. And then the most amazing opportunity came into my sights.

In July, 2015, Amnesty International, with the aid of Inspired Travel is putting together, not 1, but 2 teams to Hike the Homelands to raise awareness and funds for their cause, human rights. It is a 65 kilometer hike along the Larapinta Trail.

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Come alive!

Well this truly scared me, and I knew it was the right thing to do because I tried to talk myself out of it. I accomplished that when I took too much time and the first trip filled up. Then a second trip was organized and I had a flutter of excitement go through me. Then my usual inward fear took over, trying to talk myself out of it. I felt my excitement plummet.

Then I knew. This was the thing that scared me and it was the thing I needed.

I write this to let you know that sometimes you need to push yourself past the fear and learn to love the adventure that you can create for yourself in your life. Don't ignore the challenge, the thrill, the heart palpitations! When it shows up - go for it. You will feel more alive than you could ever imagine.

Take the necessary steps!
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