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LIFE LESSONS I LEARNED WHEN I CYCLED TO MT EVEREST

I wish there was a way I could put into words how my life has been impacted by cycling to Mt Everest.

I remember so vividly how beautiful Mt Everest was as I peddled toward this breathtaking sight. It still amazes me how I felt no pain as I made my way closer to what would be my last few kilometres to Base Camp.

It’s been three years now since I took that journey. As I think about the experience, I realise three life lessons I have learned from this epic journey.

I HAVE A DEEP APPRECIATION FOR MY COUNTRY.

Traveling to Tibet made me realise how lucky we are to be living in Australia. Freedom of speech and travel is something I no longer take for granted. I am allowed to speak and move about freely wherever and whenever I want to without fear of punishment. My life in Australia is truly one of abundance and will always be valued with extreme gratitude.

RELATIONSHIPS ARE FAR MORE VALUABLE THAN MATERIAL POSSESSIONS.

The people of Tibet have taught me the importance of friends and family and have left a lifelong impression on me. I saw how happy they were regardless of the lack of everyday things that we take for granted. I have learned it is not material things that make me happy. I recognise that for many Australians the key measure of their success is in what they have, but to me that is not the true measure of success.

GOOD PLANNING LEADS TO REACHING YOUR GOALS.

My adventure in Tibet required a great deal of planning. The ride is not one you take without months of preparation and specific training. Many in our group were underprepared for the ride and found the conditions very challenging. They failed to achieve the ultimate objective of cycling into base camp at Mt. Everest. I cannot tell you how triumphant it felt as I reached my goal. All of my hard work and dedication paid off as I cycled my way to my final destination and was rewarded with an awe-inspiring view of Mt. Everest. I truly felt victorious at that moment in time. Whether in business or pleasure, when setting goals and taking the proper action in planning, you will always have a much better chance of success.

Cycling to Mt Everest has helped me discover many ways to enjoy life and make the world a better place. By finishing my journey I achieved my goal of raising funds for the Oncology Children’s Foundation (OCF). It also taught me great lessons to carry with me throughout my life. I truly appreciate having the opportunity to experience this life changing adventure.

Note: The Oncology Children’s Foundation (OCF) is the only charity in Australia fully dedicated to funding research into fighting childhood cancers. OCF continues to fund many research programs in an effort to improve the outcome for children with cancer. Finding the cure for these cancers is their only goal. Should you wish to donate or know more about OCF, visit www.thekidscancerproject.org.au.

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