Why are you doing the TWAC? From the moment I first talked about doing this two plus years ago, there were always three key reasons behind the madness!
Firstly, the mental challenge. It’s about putting our mental strength on the line; we will be hurting, suffering and hating but it’s all about keeping ourselves psychologically focused and strong enough on completing a job that needs to be done. Personally, I am hugely excited about testing myself mentally – taking negative energy, feelings and surrounds and using it positively to drive yourself forward!
Secondly, the comradery. Quite simply, it may sound cheesy, but it’s about forming a brotherhood; its being there for one another in the good times, but more importantly, the dark times. A form of loyalty and bond, that for me is unbreakable.
Lastly, it’s about giving back. I have been incredibly lucky to live an amazing life, albeit with ups and downs, but with amazing friends and family, I am where I am now. For MIND and the CNCF, two charities that are very close to me, it’s about giving people a chance in life. We aren’t trying to change the world, but if we can make just a small difference to someone’s life, then it’s a job well done. Dream to live, to live and then inspire!
Your Desert Island Disc? Bitter Sweet Sympathy, The Verve on the good days; The Commission, Breton to get me though the dark ones.
One luxury item? TBC, not sure if I’m going to take one, I don’t want it to distract me. ‘Everest’ the CNCF teddy, Alex and I took to EBC for the children will be coming with us – so he can be it.
What will you miss the most? My bed
Food you will crave? It’s not often I go through 48hrs without mayonnaise, so dreading the withdrawal symptoms. Also, fresh vegetables.
What are you most looking forward to? Everything about it. Even the dark and frightening times. Challenging myself more so than I ever have. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a life changing experience, I just can’t wait to get going!
What are you most apprehensive about? Seasickness and the unknown. We can plan and prepare as best we can, but we are quite literally, in the ‘lap of the gods!’
Your Christmas song? Carol of the bells