Sometimes in life you have to just do something, get yourself out there and be adventurous! I would say, be inspirational.
When asked about blogging the main comment is “Where do you get the time?” I ask back “what do you do in your spare time?”
“I don’t have any spare time” is normally the response but when we talk further it’s actually spent watching TV, playing videos games or using their iPad. There’s the time to find adventure to create memories for themselves and their families and friends.
Now I work a lot and spend a large amount of time in the car and that doesn’t do anything good for my health it also doesn’t do anything to create any special memories.
I’ve been thinking through for a long while now especially after my Three Peaks training a few years ago and my Isle of Wight 24 hour adventures that the time has come to do something inspirational!
Now I’ve got a number of friends who talk avidly about their parents including what they’ve done throughout their lives and the long lasting memories they they’ve created. One includes a John O’Groats to Lands End walking expedition and I follow someone on LinkedIn who unfortunately had a suicide attempt a couple years ago. He’s now cycling cross Europe to raise awareness.
So what am I going to do?
As a dad and step dad, I want to so something that not only raises money for Charity but also raises awareness of the various causes that have been pushed we have been pushing for The Dad Network and also raise some money for a Charity which I really care about. I recently went to Paris to speak about the challenges of being a Dad with a number of leading brands and it will be amazing to raise awareness, raise money for a really good charity and create memories that will stick to my children years to come.
There are two charities which I have in mind. We went through IVF to get Dottie and we are so lucky that it worked first time I’m thinking of supporting a charity which helps those less fortunate to conceive. With my twin brother having severe cerebral palsy, he had a lot of support when we were younger so something for MENCAP may be my choice.
Now I’m not someone who can cycle I’m far too tall for that and I think that I wouldn’t look great in lycra . I’ve looked into things that are one, challenging and two, pretty epic. After consultation with a number of friends I’ve decided on the Hadrian’s Wall Path which is basically 84 miles of walking across the borders between England and Scotland. Starting in Newcastle and ending in Bowness, The Lake District.
Anticipated to last 5-6 days, there will be camping overnight in-between days of walking and the challenge of facing the elements. Now the only problem I see is with my back and I’m sure a number of people know this as it’s been plaguing me for years and it’s something that I need to sort out. I’ve taken the first step which is been reducing my weight and thanks to the DadDiet I’ve lost about two stone already but there is also a need for Physio and potentially even going to Yoga. Speaking to a good friend about with it things are looking brigh.
Myself and hopefully a small team will be flying the dad flag very proudly along the whole walk and hopefully people will come and support us but most of all, I’m going to be doing something that my children can be proud of. Something they can look back over the years to come and think wow this is incredible and hopefully drives them to do something incredible as well. You’re meant to look up to your parents and I want to be one of those people that looked up to by my children.
If I’m not teaching them how to be adventurous and to go things that challenge their daily life, who is?
I’m getting together my band of merry men as we speak which include some close friends who also share my passion for being a dad and want to create inspirational memories but also I’m reaching out to my network of Dads who I’m very close with.
Also hoping that they can carry my stuff but let’s not tell them!
I need to thank a good friend for delivering a rucksack which allows me to carry Dorothy safely and take her training with me. Here you can see Cordy testing it out in advance. What’s the point of doing all this if everyone isn’t involved at some point right. There’s also going to be a carrying element so at 9 1/2 kilos she’s good practise too :)
So that’s me and what I’m looking to achieve next year personally, for charity and for my family. Expected date is the last weekend in April over the May Bank Holiday and beyond.
So if you’re driving along, it’s rainy and someone is walking along the road, that’s probably me or someone else like me training for something EPIC.