"What lured him on was of course, the great adventure, the eternal longing of every truly creative man to push on into unexplored country, to discover something entirely new- if only about himself. "
- Heinrich Harrer, The White Spider
These days to find unexplored, unknown country is quite rare, if not impossible. Finding the uncomfort zone, however, is not so difficult. For me there is always something about the unknown that is slightly disagreeable- sometimes just not knowing will make me cringe.
Despite loving all things pleasant, I'm a big believer in the 'uncomfort zone'. Yes I know, it's a made up phrase but you get the point. It's the place where you stop feeling comfortable and start feeling challenged and at times slightly awkward. It's here that I have always learnt new things about myself, about others and gained respect and love for life.
Earlier this year I made a big decision, which for most could seem trivial but from my perspective, it felt like I had decided to start living upside down. For the majority of my adult life I have been chasing winter. My focus has been skiing; earning money to ski and getting fit to ski. Other things like future careers, hobbies and sports outside of skiing have slowly but surely ended up on the wayside.
However, this year, for a multitude of reasons, including feeling totally and utterly burnt out doing one of the things I love most in the world, I decided to step out of the wintery comfort zone and try some warmer temps on for size. This summer, I moved to Chamonix, France.