Once people get beyond the details and begin to see the physical and mental nature of the challenge I’m about to undertake, one question I am surprised I’m never asked is ‘Why?’.
Perhaps the aims of this challenge on the website prevent the need for people to ask such a question. The aims to raise awareness and funds for good causes, promote the beauty of Great Britain, and provide inspiration for people to undertake their own adventure, are clear and understood by many. All these are credible, and true. They are all close to my heart and a direction I see my working life embracing. But I sometimes ask myself the same question: Why am I really doing this challenge? Why am I putting my finances and time, and frequently my friendships, in a difficult position for such a challenge? Is it really worth all this just to raise some awareness to a handful of people, and some fundraising that might not even reach £2,000? The mental energy and sacrifices in just planning and training for this challenge have been quite overwhelming at times. I’ve pushed the patience of family and friends, and sacrificed time on friendships and new businesses that certainly do not need my fleeting appearances.
Surely there is a more personal, perhaps selfish, reason for undertaking such a gruelling 13-day challenge? This is a question I’ve asked myself a number of times over the last couple of months but never really given any time to answer. I do believe there is an alternate reason for me undertaking this adventure but I am not sure what it is yet. I’m a passionate and positive person, slightly misunderstood at times, and not afraid to acknowledge some hurt and affliction inside my head. Perhaps this challenge is a way of working things out, clearing the head somehow; perhaps it’s a way to mentally escape. I hope this journey is one that has the potential to be more mentally refreshing than physically demanding. No doubt it will be both, this I am sure. Maybe I’ll never really know the ‘Why?’; at times I wonder if I need to.
There are certainties to this challenge that I appreciate can be fulfilled. I know I’ll be able to raise money, however much or little this might be, for the good causes that are close to me, and ones I want to pursue and be involved with on my return. I know I’ll be able to blog and promote the awesomeness that is Great Britain, and the adventures, providers and places to stay that will help others enjoy our landscape too. And I know my challenge can inspire people, in whatever way this might be, with there own personal journey, wherever this might lead them.
Perhaps we don’t need to ask ‘Why?’. Perhaps it’s all about following the passions that fulfil us, whether this might be helping others, travelling, going for a bike ride, drawing, gardening, or playing music. Our passions can often be neglected, yet they provide a fulfilment that make us be us. Being ourselves and being fulfilled is what is so invigorating. The ‘Why?’ is perhaps not the question; if it is, then my answer will always be ‘Why not?’.