When I came up with the idea of #AroundIrelandOnAPushie, little did I know that I was, at the time, in DESPERATE NEED of an adventure. Ultimately, I wanted an adventure but “pushie,” if you really break it down was a goal.
What I didn’t realise was that “pushie” started to give me something to look forward to; it gave me something to work toward.
When I came up with concept of “pushie,” I had a pretty average life – I was a part of the so-called rat race. I would go to work.. go to the gym… make dinner and go watch Netflix until I passed out. This was because I was doing this thing called ‘life.’ And then, the next day I’d do it all over again – Wow! YAY! How exciting – NOT. I was pretty bored. Everything seemed so comfortable and nothing ever changed.
Then, one day I decided that I just didn’t want to live like this anymore. I wanted to be creative. After hearing the story of my mate who bicycled from Sydney to Melbourne on a $50 bicycle, I said… “That’s it! I’m going on an adventure!” I dreaded the thought of bicycling myself, but after thinking long and hard about it, I eventually thought , “Hey, how cool would it be to go ‘Around Ireland on a Pushie!’” The idea and hash tag was born! This was now my new creative goal!
I was pretty freaked out by “pushie.” I was afraid that people would judge me and they did. I was afraid of being hit by a car. I was also afraid of bicycling – I hadn’t bicycled in over 20 years and my last bike didn’t have tyres, only rims. A few people thought I was nuts or just didn’t understand the idea, but on the flip side, a lot of people thought it was a brilliant idea! More people liked it than disliked it and that really kept me going. It gave me motivation to push on.
I noticed that I was working harder at the gym, I was becoming more confident in myself and taking on other challenges besides “pushie.” I mean, one of the cool things I did was run a half marathon! I just didn’t realise what was happening. I was just putting all my creative energy into my new goal and it was positively affecting my life!
This gave me direction; I had something to work toward and it was awesome! I was so excited to tell people about this crazy idea I had and you know what, it was my idea. It wasn’t someone else’s idea and I wasn’t working for someone else. I was in control of the concept and that was quite possibly one of the coolest things about it. I was REALLY working for myself – completely and utterly on my own!
I was thinking about what this Ireland adventure would be like and to tell you the truth, I had absolutely NO idea! That was so awesome! I was venturing into the unknown and every day, something new was happening. I couldn’t predict ANYTHING and I completely embraced that! I loved it!
When I had a bad day at work, I’d actually laugh it off because when I left work, I had something to look forward to! I also knew I had to work hard at the gym because I had to be “pushie” fit! This goal gave my life new meaning and it was beautiful.
So my advice to you is…
- Set a goal – it doesn’t matter how big or small it is, just come up with the idea
- Commit to the goal – what’s the one thing you can do that will make you commit to the idea
- Execute the goal – start to get the ball rolling and figure out what you need to do to make it happen
- Embrace the goal – this goal is an extension of you, so make sure you own it 100%
Whatever the idea is, big or small… it’s 100% yours. #OwnIt.
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An Aussie girl gone walkabout in the great big world!
More positive vibes from the one down under! 😊
I look forward to these posts…and you’ve delivered at ‘beaut’ once again!
What are your ‘goals’ when you’re back in the Emerald Isle in June?
Keep up the good work.
Paddy x 😎
Awww thank you! That means a lot!
I’m not sure just yet. It’s kinda why I wrote it. I’ve already locked in coming back, so that goal is locked in – I just need the next one sorted! I’m still thinking about it!
You really are an inspiration to me and many..I had my own few adventures too…But I did it while being young and not afraid..It really becomes harder when pass 30 mark…I do hope to do something amazing like this or something different one day…I am just glad you chose Ireland (and I know I speak for many over here).