Keep your Spirits High: a week on

RISK by Anon

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your ideas, your dreams,
before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To believe is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

This week I’ve wept, laughed, had to reach out for support from those I love, all because I exposed my ideas, dared to dream, lived that dream, believed in myself and tried so hard.

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Gloomy departure

Sunny welcome Home

Sunny welcome Home

I left Nepal under a very dark cloud and arrived home to beautiful sunshine. Even the Customs staff made me feel welcome assisting the Singapore staff to wheel me and my luggage out to my loved ones.

But the weather reflected my emotions. That beautiful day quickly turned into a dirty high fire danger day. The smell of burnt toast with a touch of Eucalyptus filled the air as I headed into the physio to start my recovery.

I kept trying to focus on things to be grateful for: I hadn’t hit my head, the rehab will only be a matter of weeks, I got to deliver the SACA cricket equipment to the kids….. but the list quickly petered out as I’d fall back into the cellar with a very unhelpful, self pitying “it’s not fair”.

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Care Bear from my Niece & Beautiful Sister in Law

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Sam my Chiro's Rehab Pack

But I was tired, only a handful of hours sleep since Tuesday 4:00am. Finally Thursday night I slept.

Sleep has definitely helped my perspective not to mention the Care Bear arriving in the post, the Rehab Pack from Sam my Chiro**, the many phone calls and kind messages of support. So has positive practical actions. Starting the insurance claim process has lifted a great weight. Next week I’ll start job hunting.

It’s still a roller-coaster but the lows are now higher. I still haven’t worked out what’s next. That will come in time.

For now I just need to take each day as it comes and surround myself with beautiful people who care.

KEEP YOUR SPIRITS HIGH   Lyrics Patrick McMahon
So don’t give up until your dreams come true
And your heart will answer when you want it to”

I assure you I won’t be giving up.



** Prior to leaving I’d mentioned to Sam that when starting on “My Way to Everest” there was only one type of Tim Tam and now there’s a whole range I’ve never tasted! He clearly remembered!
My question to Sam was “I have a snotty nose, the Khumbu cough and a bung leg, all of which I know how to fix but what do I do for a Diabetic Coma?”
His answer: “Go climb a mountain”
That put the sunshine back into my day :)

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