If someone had said to me I’d walk up a peak in minus 29 degree weather in Northern China I’d have laughed my head off. If they’d said that I’d actually enjoy the experience I’d have called them crazy but I actually did.
I also learned that I enjoy skiing and that I can use chopsticks, order beer in a foreign language and teach.
|Celebrating reaching the peak of Wudalianchi with a can of (frozen) beer|
All because I allowed myself to step outside of my comfort zone and experience something new. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been one to shrink away from a challenge but I was definatately guilty of believeing that there are certain things I could just not do, whether it be because, ‘black people don’t do that’ or ‘women don’t do that’ or whatever other label I placed on myself in order to cover up my fear or ignorance.
|Clare (friend and colleague) climbing the steps to the peak|
Guess what, I can do whatever it is I set my mind to. So can you. It’s all about your attitude to life. Yes, you may need to train, practise or be patient to reach some goals but it will be worth it. Don’t let anyone else put you off, least of all yourself!
|impromptu snowball fight on the way to the peak|