Cape Town shines this time of year. All the beaching, swimming, outdoor parties and outdoor activities make me question my ability to return to normality. For the first time in a long time I feel relaxed. Super chilled. Content. I’ve found a big part of this could be related to spending more time outdoors and being more spontaneous, trying new things and enjoying the spontaneous process. Sometimes the thought of being out on a hot day climbing a mountain or going for a run can be draining but when we actually get down to it it’s that one thing that we need. So my resolution for 2014? Do more things. Climb mountains, jump in the ocean, run free and let my hair down. It gets the endorphin’s firing. We can choose to incorporate these elements into our life. It just starts with a small amount of effort and the willpower to keep at it irrespective of the result.
So what does “do more things” mean to me? I decided it means picking up something that I left behind thirteen years ago. When I left school I literally threw my towel in. I was a provincial swimmer and waterpolo player and at the end of grade twelve I decided that I’d put sport on hold and discover other elements of life, the big life that was waiting for me. I focused on my creative side to counter balance my sporty side, which lead me to study fashion and take an interest in the arty world. The truth is when you’re passionate about something there’s always that voice in the back of your head calling you back. For thirteen years I haven’t really done any proper swimming as I know I’ll never be as good as I was, because I won’t be able to invest as much time and energy into it. The reality is that I just need to find a pool and swim. If I enjoy it then I’ll reintegrate it back into my life. If not then no love lost, at least I gave it a shot.
Epic moments are made up of those unscheduled events that happen in the places you choose to put yourself. The more places you put yourself, the more chance there is of something happening. We need to keep moving with the current but we can pick the flow. We can choose what we want to do in our spare time, and if we have minimal spare time then what we do in it is even more precious. So in 2014 my challenge is to be the best me that I can be. By pushing our limits bit by bit we stay inspired, and by staying inspired we inspire.