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Mid Life Crisis - Kilimanjaro 2015 Challenger both Body and Mind

Saying Goodbye - Kilimanjaro blog

TANZANIA | Tuesday, 21 July 2015 | Views [697]

Coast Path

Coast Path

As I walk down the platform of the train station, day bag on my back, heading off for a full weekend of hiking along the south west coast path planned, I feel a sense of sadness. Sadness at missing my family for two and a bit days, missing my wife and playing football with my son

As I am going away for a few days, to do something I want and need to do for my training and am returning in time for a week off with them, it makes this bearable 

It brings me to think about all the people who aren't this lucky, the people who will never see their loved ones again, how they won't be able to look forward to walking in the door. This brings memories back and I can't imagine that feeling of loss when it happens to your family and how you overcome that.

That is where getting the right support, having people around those bereaved, those people who have not been as luckily as allot of us, to come to terms with grief

It also makes me think about how I will feel in 9 weeks time, when I walk out the door, leaving my wife, four year old son and a baby less than a couple of weeks old.

It's going to be emotional, very emotional.

The positivity in me currently, means I will channel this into thinking about the benefits recently bereaved people will receive from Somerset area cruse by me completing this big challenge. 

Knowing that make it to the summit or not, I should be coming home to my loved ones in 12 days and knowing that I have this many people supporting and sponsoring me will keep me focused.

Sponsorship has raised £3500, which is TRULY stunning. Thank you very much indeedI am currently 37% away from my sponsorship target, if you would like to support Cruse Bereavement Care Somerset help people who have been affected by traumatic bereavement, please visit, https://www.justgiving.com/Tony-Mattravers/.

Oh and I hiked 52 miles, climbing 11000ft feet from Minehead to Woolacombe in 48 hours.

Tags: challenge, charity, frustration, hard work, killimanjaro, panic, panic, summit, trekking

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