Some people cover the miles we’ve done twice as fast, some do it slower. Some do a lot further, some do shorter. Some cycle, some may rather swim or walk or climb or run. Some people camp, some b&b it, like us. Some carry tons, some get sherpas to carry it for them, others just smell…like us!
However you do it and whatever personal challenge you do, it’s an adventure that is unquestionably enjoyable. Whether you sweat blood and tears to achieve it or do it more leisurely and luxuriously, the sense of achievement is worth every metre or mile, every pound (£ or lb) and every swear word.
Thank you so much to the many people who have supported us, with sponsorship or texts or comments on the blog, or both. We really appreciated that! You get such a boost from people you know and love, or met on the way, cheering you on.
It’s so crucial to feel supported – and in life generally, too. Everybody has proverbial hills to climb and challenges to conquer and we’ve surely all felt the benefit of having people there to help push you through.
Many people have even told us that they’re proud of us. That certainly adds to the sensational feeling of achievement and is wonderful to hear.
The best thing of all, though, is being proud of yourself.
Going back to Ecotherapy- that’s a common problem with depression. Everyone may perceive you as a successful individual that they like or admire or are proud of but that individual may FEEL entirely the opposite about themself.
Doing something like this redresses that balance and allows you to bask in your own sense of self satisfaction. And why shouldn’t you?!
So, whilst we wholeheartedly endorse Ecotherapy, we’ve come up with our own, slightly altered approach:
1) Get outdoors to clear your mind and put things into perspective
2) Find an activity you gain a lot of enjoyment from
3) Get your endorphins and adrenaline pumping
4) Get people you love coming out of the woodwork to cheer you on from the rooftops
5) Achieve something to be proud of and, most importantly…
6) Get self-satisfied!
So… in case you’re feeling inspired or depressed or just temporarily delusional, we thought we’d write a few hints and tips for you, should you want to do the same, or similar:
– Don’t avoid areas of natural beauty because they’re hard! If we did it again we’d go straight through the heart of the hilly Peak District and Yorkshire Moors; some of the most enjoyable moments of our trip were the hardest- Cornwall, Devon, Northumberland.
– Treat yourself to a day of luxury at the end.
– Do it for charity. Why not help a cause you’re interested in whilst you’re enjoying yourself?
– Do a blog. It’s a great way to gain support and to show people who sponsor you what they’re doing it for.
– Stretch yourself but make it achievable for you. Don’t bite off more than you can chew but remember that if you have time to train, it’s surprising how fit you can get before you go.
– Obviously, planning makes it all the better. Being married to Tim means we were meticulously organised (spreadsheets at hand!) and all set for every eventuality, but that made such a difference to the ease of it.
Thank you again to everyone for your enthusiastic interest and support. We had a wail of a time but you made it even more special for us. Here’s to generous people, gorgeous English countryside and the work that Mind do to help people live happily.