7th October 2016 and I find myself having one of the most extraordinary birthdays I have ever had.
I have had the day of a lifetime – and still have the arrival of Steph and Shree to look forward to.
I can honestly say that sitting here, sipping a glass of wine in a Trondheim apartment, I have never felt more humbled, grateful and frankly damn lucky than I do right now. I also feel slightly guilty that on a ‘challenge’ I can allow myself such luxuries… but I am trying to ignore that thought for the time being.
My day has consisted of waking up to a light frost, getting numb hands packing the tent away, defrosting and de-layering in a supermarket toilet, walking 27km or so along some of the most beautiful coast I have ever seen, bumping into a new friend, showering, eating and now drinking wine with my feet up whilst listening to music.
Oh and there was the little thing of a slightly naked dip in the North Atlantic Ocean in the middle somewhere (which btw if you are wondering how cold it was maybe check out how far north Trondheim actually is).
Whilst I was enjoying myself, people back home sent messages of support, organised things to be sent to me, physically sent/carried things, managed to bag a new sponsor and humoured me by liking my posts.
All of this effort so that I can be out here, having the experience of a lifetime.
I genuinely don’t know what I have done to deserve this and I can’t say thank you enough. Some of you may feel that this post is a bit over the top or unnecessary but I felt the need to share how grateful I am.
I don’t take a speck of this for granted. I don’t see myself as some ‘amazing’ person as people keep saying. I see myself as an ambitious and competitive person, but I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for other people so I am not willing to take any credit.
So, all in all, I just wanted to raise my glass and say thank you, to everyone who has wished me a happy birthday, and to everyone who has supported rundinavia in any way shape or form.
Here’s to hoping the rest of the trip goes smoothly and that I see you all back in the UK soon.