I have always been fascinated by the human body and mind. How far can I push myself? Do I have a limit? Is the limiting factor my mind? How can I strengthen my mind to increase my limit?
At 17 I began my solo travels. Europe, Africa, Canada, New Zealand. Over the years I would climb mountains, pitch many tents in the African wilderness, almost freeze to death, starve, learn language, dance with a witch doctor, gallop from wildebeests, witness deaths, experience absolute isolation, get hurled off a waterfall, paddle through a whirlpool and encounter the very best and very worst of humanity.
Not surprisingly I found myself with a lifetime of experiences, not all were pleasant. From not addressing traumas that I had experienced myself, I quickly deteriorated into a severe depression, PTSD and crippling anxiety. I withdrew from my friends and family and disappeared as I tried to cope, alone, with what was going on inside my mind.
Nobody should ever have to face PTSD alone, and this is why I am committing to Paddling the Bass Straight, to raise awareness so that anyone out there watching or benefiting from our fundraising can feel supported and heard.
If you would fuel my mission with a cup of coffee I would be so grateful! Thank you!
You go girl! Awesome.💜
You are the most beautiful soul Sandy. The world is lucky to have you!