I’ve spent some time reflecting on my path ahead recently. Partly because I feel that just drifting from assignment to assignment (and then off on holidays in-between) is starting to interfere with my productivity. But mostly because in one week’s time I enter my last 30-something year on this amazing planet. It’s a fact that both scares me and makes me excited. I’ve decided to use it as a Good Excuse to do some crazy things. I mean, once I cross that big 4 zero threshold I have to be all responsible and adult. Nah, only kidding! I don’t think I’ll ever be ready for adult. But I’m all for a Good Excuse.
So the year ahead will be packed with slow adventures. Slow, because they will be close to nature and combined with sampling (read: stuffing my face with) local food and drink, not necessarily because of their pace or lack of adventure. I already have an epic hike planned for August through Fish River Canyon; the largest canyon in Africa and second in the world after Grand Canyon. This aint no slackpacking; the trail is 90km long, you have to carry all of your supplies and you sleep under the stars. Shortly after that, I am guiding an amazing hiking trip in Swaziland, Drakensberg, Lesotho (where we get to trek with ponies) and the Wild Coast. But before all of that, I am going on a walking safari in Pafuri, in the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park.
There will also be some more adrenaline-filled activities on the agenda. I still haven’t jumped off the world’s highest bridge bungy or paraglided high above Cape Town. Now’s the time! I hope that the year ahead will be filled with adventures and challenges where I get to push myself to the limit. I’ve already had a head-start in that department actually; last week I completed a 56km Ultra Marathon and I plan to run plenty more! Oh, and I recently went on an epic white water rafting tour with a group of crazy bloggers on the #MeetSouthAfrica campaign. It was a near-death experience that I’ll do again at the drop of a (hard) hat! Then there’s diving with whale sharks in Madagascar, exploring the vast forests of Scandinavia and a short hop and skip to Estonia on the agenda.
So here’s to living life to the full, slow but definitely not slowly!