This year, I am committed to having as many adventures as possible. I have decided that terminal cancer is a wake up call, not a death sentence, and my New Year’s resolution is simply to live life to the max.
While most of my adventures will no doubt be underwater (such as my Dive 300 on a remote tropical island later this week), I have agreed to take some land adventures with some of the amazing people in my life to help fill my time in 2015.
To cut a long story short, my Boyfriend Spunky Abe, brother Nathan and best buddy LP (who everyone but me calls Mark) all randomly gave each other treetop adventure vouchers for Christmas. 11 days later, we were all harnessed up and good to go!
Four years ago – before I was first diagnosed with cancer – I would never have dreamed of climbing trees that reached the heavens, crossing over swinging logs and hanging barrels four storeys above the ground, and zip lining from one tiny, treetop platform to the next. But being forced to face your own mortality means facing every fear you have ever held and realising without doubt that the only thing to fear is fear itself.
Yes, I was scared and exhausted after climbing that enormous tree ladder, and I froze twice on the way up. I could hear voices calling out from somewhere below me ‘It’s ok – you don’t need to keep climbing. You can come back down now.’ But there was no way on earth I was giving up after climbing so far! The battle is won or lost in the mind, and with a little help I was able to make it to the final rung and beyond.
I have been deeply inspired by so many of my friends (old and new) who have been terrified of water and Spielberg’s version of sharks, but who have found the courage to take their first underwater adventures with me over the last year. (The most recent to enter the water was my brother-in-law Pat just this weekend. Watch out world! Soon we will have another passionate certified diver ready to hit the ocean 😉 )
High ropes courses are traditionally a team-building adventure. So in the spirit of conquering fear and embracing adventure, I took an amazing team of three of my favourite boys high into the treetops at Trees Adventure in Belgrave, Melbourne and together we lived two exhilarating hours to our fullest potential.
I am incredibly blessed to have these awesome men in my life. As always, Spunky Abe was our fearless leader, blazing every treetop trail. As in life on land, LP made sure that I transcended any potential meltdowns and reminded me to believe in myself and those around me as I navigated each challenge that came my way. And as he has since he was born, my gorgeous brother Nathan was a total rockdog and brought the biggest smile to my face at every twist and turn. The only person missing from this team was my amazing father Kirby who has been an ever present source of comfort, strength and support in my life; hopefully he will enjoy experiencing this treetop adventure vicariously through my video 🙂
Life is simply too short to be dictated by fear, and I refuse to live with fear as my default. In 2015, I encourage each person who takes the time to read my blog to embrace every opportunity they have to live life with an attitude of joy and gratitude and a spirit of awe and wonder. I am as excited to have had this treetop adventure high above the ground as I am to be taking my next dive expedition deep beneath the surface of the sea over the coming week.
I wish each one of you a year filled with bliss, surprises and bright new perspectives.If you have any suggestions for ‘Must Do’ adventures for me to add to my 2015 Bucket List, please comment below 😀
Love and bubbles,
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pps Want to follow in our intrepid footsteps? Please visit http://www.treesadventure.com.au 🙂