New beginnings & majestic mountains

Posted on December 30, 2011


How do you plan to spend the 1st of January 2012?

Whatever you do, where ever you are, catch some time alone to reflect a little on the year that’s past and the one that’s starting.  I for one, shall be running for 12 hours or so, in the majestic mountains of Annapurna.

I know I will spend much time reflecting on the year that has passed … did I live it to the max?  Did I achieve all that I wanted?  Did I remember to spend my days like they were my last?  Did I love like I had nothing to lose?

And then I’ll delve into 2012 and wonder what it holds for me.  Will my hand of cards give me a good game?  And what cards do I even want to be dealt?

Finally, I shall think of the email that follows … I received this email from Aiden the day before flying in to Kathmandu. I’ve read and re-read each and every one and all 46 give sound advice … for me … you … anyone and everyone. So thank you Aiden. I wish you a 2012 full of love and laughter … (and needless to say, one that, albeit in a different format than in the past, features a generous slice of Vanda!)

On your next adventure remember the following:

  1. Eat much brown rice
  2. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully
  3. Memorise your favourite poem
  4. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want
  5. When you say “I love you”, mean it
  6. When you say “I’m sorry”, look the person in the eye
  7. Be engaged at least six months before you get married
  8. Believe in love at first sight
  9. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams
  10. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely
  11. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling
  12. Don’t judge people by their relatives
  13. Talk slowly but think quickly
  14. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
  15. Remember that greater love and greater achievements involve great risks
  16. Call your mum
  17. Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze
  18. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson
  19. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions
  20. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship
  21. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it
  22. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice
  23. Marry someone you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other
  24. Spend some time alone
  25. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values
  26. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer
  27. Read more books and watch less TV
  28. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll get to enjoy it a second time
  29. Trust in God but lock your car
  30. A loving atmosphere in your homes is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home
  31. In disagreement with loved ones, deal with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past
  32. Read between the lines
  33. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality
  34. Be gentle with the earth
  35. Pray. There’s immeasurable power in it
  36. Never interrupt when you are being flattered
  37. Mind your own business
  38. Don’t trust a man/woman who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss
  39. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before
  40. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth’s greatest satisfaction
  41. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck
  42. Learn the rules then break some
  43. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than the need for each other
  44. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it
  45. Remember that your character is your destiny
  46. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon

Take care.

A x

I am giddy with excitement about being back in Nepal … despite my last visit being a little over three weeks ago … which brings me to my final final (!) point … that I shall also reflect on how damn lucky I am … you are … we are … to be able as we do, to travel the world, run races, enjoy crazy adventures, attempt amazing challenges … 

May 2012 bring us more of the above and then some!

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