• louise@overfiftystillfabulous.com.au

If I can do it, anyone can...

If someone had told me a decade ago, that I would summit Mt Kilimanjaro at the age of 55 or trek to Everest Base Camp at 57, I probably would have told you, you were stark raving mad.

Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest, single free-standing mountain in the world and a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal is not for the faint-hearted, yet I managed to conquer, literally, both of these feats.

So why did I do it? I did if for many reasons, not the least of which was to prove to myself that age should not be a barrier to achieving your goals - physical, mental, emotional and financial.

Sure, I needed to train much harder and longer than my younger team members and both treks were incredibly difficult for different reasons, but I made it.

Too many people look at their age and believe they are "too old". There is no such thing in my book.

I am a big goal setter. I always make goals, and while I sometimes don't achieve exactly what I set out to do, the journey is always interesting and the deviations can be better than the original destination.

You never know 'till you give it a go and I would encourage everyone to live their life, daily, to the max.

My journey is a feature in the June 2020 issue of That's Life Mega Monthly, in supermarkets and newsagents across the country.

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