Wisdom from Wouter

Posted on July 18, 2011

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Wouter Kingma, the much-loved Dubai photographer who has wowed hundreds and hundreds of Racing the Planet competitors with his awesome ability to capture the blood, sweat, tears and  joy of adventure runners from all four corners intent on living life to the full, sent out an email the other day that I can’t help but revisit.

You see in the past, Wouter has been on the other side of the camera, attending these adventure races as the official photographer. But just last month, he signed up as a true to life competitor to the Gobi March … a 250km fully self-supported foot race in the intense heat and unforgiving harsh conditions that only the desert can bring.

The experience Wouter had … and wrote about … is nothing short of inspiring, largely thanks to his ability to convey feelings and emotions that can’t fail to strike a chord in readers.  All those words can be read about on his blog so I won’t repeat them here.

What I do want to write about here though is the aforementioned email  in which he wrote:

“Mad are those who are truly alive. May I recommend to visit the race website with a serious intention to sign up. Read the stories and note that there are so many like us who at the time of registration are unfit, overweight, run hectic lives, too old, own their own business or have a demanding nine-to-fiver, have kids, have kids with a mortgage, or this magic word combo ‘am too busy’. Set the excuses aside and seek for an adventure and sign up for a real enriching experience. Don’t let life tick away from you…do it now.”

These words are identical to the words that have been said by me countless times in the past and I’ve no doubt countless times in the future.  Embracing life and all it has to offer is almost a Tori-mantra … a mantra I want to shout from the rooftops each and every day. 

There will never be a good time for major events in our life …. we can always find an excuse to reason not to do something.  But every one of those excuses can be counter-acted with an excuse to do something.

I for one am signed up for Racing the Planet Nepal, another in the RTP series, which takes place this November.  Along with my dad, a fellow competitor and my little sister, as support crew, we will be the very adventure runners that experience the blood, sweat, tears and joy that Wouter has now captured both on film and in real life for himself.

And I know come November, we might think we should have trained more or prepared better.  But I also know that we shall have the enriching experience that Wouter writes about.  I know that in advance of every adventure I do and this will be no different.

So Carpe Diem – seize the day.

In the words of Wayne Dyer, ‘Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.’

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