Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Bucket Lists!

When I set my heart to do something....like I goal, I become obsessed with it and try to achieve it. I eat and breathe it. Unless of course it's not in my heart. For instance I have always been drawn to challenging tasks so I did sky-diving, even though one of my greatest fears is heights. I mentioned a while back that I would like to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Let's get one thing straight, I am not much of a hiker or mountaineer but I have become obsessed with it because I was told NOT to do it, I have been discouraged by family and friends. Well, I get where they are coming from but I believe it's my business. Therefore, I will attempt it. Well, the time has come, part of my recent obsession at the gym is as a result of Kilimanjaro. Now I have 2/3 months of intense training, mainly walking at a high gradient. I need to be at the gym 6 times a week for at least 75 mins and hike at my spare time. Now my main task over the next couple of weeks is to find hiking boots to break into before my scheduled climb. Last week I met some new guy at the gym who climbs mountains on a yearly basis, so we've been sort of training together. We went rock climbing over the weekend, the twin peaks overlooking Abuja....they were quite steep, yet scenic, although it was for only 1:15hrs it still hurt like hell the next day.

I going on holiday next week (do not fret, I don't intend to derail from my plan as my hotel has a gym and a pool) and I intend to stick with it. Good news is, I am required to eat as much carbs towards the start of my climb. I have been consumed with reading any sort of literature partaining to mountain climbing as well as an extensive research on appropriate clothing, food, Altitude sickness etc. That's where fear creeps in. Altitude sickness can kill. So I am well versed and prepared. I pray to God I make the summit. I know I will. For me it's deeper and more personal. I am sure when I reach the summit, I'll know. Nothing good or exhilirating comes easy. I know it's an extreme challenge.

Oh and you guys will partake. I am planning to raise awareness and money for Scoliosis and endometriosis (2 of my closest friends suffer from it) while I do my climb. I know how some people are skeptical about giving money to Charity especially for feats like this. Well, this is different. BecauseI am paying for my climb. I am not asking for donations to climb at all. (donations or not, feat must go on). I will be setting up an account with Just Giving and any money paid there will go to Scoliosis UK. So not to worry. It's safe and secure. I will keep you appraised on my training progress as time comes along. Wish me good luck :-)

‎:"Everyone has mountains to climb, sometimes those mountains are in our minds. True triumph is about trying whatever the result"- Unknown

M'je

18 comments:

Ginger said...

Mountain climbing in Abuja? That sounds so exotic...
More balm to your feet abi grip luv. keep us updated!

HoneyDame said...

choi!I carry nyansh troway for you o!!! Cant wait to hear the story when it all over. I am not adventurous but I love to hear about people's adventures. Goodluck

Vyvyka said...

wow! I like to think that I'm adventurous but when it comes to things like this I back out. Enjoy your mountain-climbing. Will be waiting for the gist.

Myne Whitman said...

I know you'll have fun, and you're even preparing for it. Do let us know when you set up the giving account. And have fun on your holidays.

Lara said...

Mountain climbing in Nigeria...never heard of that.

All the best with your adventure, I wished I had that sort of passion to try out things.

Prism said...

Well done o. I look forward to the posts on your experiences. Have fun and be safe.

Lily Johnson said...

Wow! This is really something. I wish you good luck and all the strength you need for this. Take care.

Mamuje said...

Ginger and Lara- it's rock climbing in Abuja not mountain. Mt Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania.

Myne- thanks babe, I have set up the Just Giving page, once I pay for my trip and confirm the exact dates then I will sent it to you via FB.

Thanks everyone for your well wishes. I need it.

Mena UkodoisReady said...

You have always been a brave and daring person so I am sure you will do well.

Goodluck babe!!

itsjustmedaringtodream said...

Wishing you much luck and kudos for you taking steps to bring about awareness to two issues that women struggle with across the world! Keep us posted!

@ilola said...

I wish you the best in your feat and pray you make it.
Good to know that you are very determined and not easily discouraged

Tega said...

Tres impressive and inspiring ...I really should get a bucket list thing going on.

Good luck hun. All the very best.

kitkat said...

omg, you've done skydiving??? how cool is that!!

SHE said...

Wow! I'm so excited just reading about what you plan to do! All the best!

Mamuje said...

Thanks again everyone. Just reading your comments is giving me more courage than ever.

Mena- I don't know if I am brave, I am scared as hell.

Daring to dream- it's the least I can do. Will keep you posted.

Tega- bucket lists are what keep me going.

Kitkat- sky-diving is super cool and it ends in less than 10 mins...but the thrill is indescribable.

Linda Medrano said...

Have a lovely holiday, Darling, but be careful! Don't get hurt! Have a wonderful time though!

Linda Medrano said...

Rock climbing? Mountain climbing? Uh, honey, I don't think I could do anything like that. In the first place I'm old. In the second place I'm tired. In the third place I'm lazy. Oh and I don't like anything dirty or anything that makes me sweat! I do want to hear about what you do though because I know you will do it well! You rock!!!

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Hang on a minute - you are going to climb Kilimanjaro? Blimey, you don't do things in halves do you? I can't wait to see the pictures of that particular expedition!!