“What else is still left on your bucket list?” This question was tweeted to me as part of my #ChallengeRichard quest. I’m incredibly lucky to live a full life, where I am able to focus on my passions. Despite having fulfilled many of my wildest dreams, I believe we should never stop reaching and achieving.
So, what’s left on my bucket list? Right now, I’m very much looking forward to joining my son Sam, daughter Holly and nephew Noah, in this year’s Virgin Strive Challenge. Life for me has been about pushing the boundaries, challenging people’s expectations, and learning and growing from experience. This, in essence, is what Strive is about.
In September, I will join Strivers on a journey that will take us from the base of the Matterhorn, more than 2000 kilometres to the summit of Mt Etna in Sicily, entirely under human power. Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, and running – it’s set to be a gruelling but incredibly rewarding experience, unlike anything else I’ve ever done.
I was grateful to be able to join Sam and Noah for some of the inaugural Challenge in 2014. While I could only participate in the hike and cycle legs, I enjoyed checking in with the team along the way, as they completed a month-long ultra endurance challenge, which took them from London to the Summit of the Matterhorn. It was wonderful to witness the team truly live out Strive’s philosophy: “Growth happens when you step out of your comfort zone to achieve bold ambitions. Magic happens when you do it with others.” I’m looking forward to fully immersing myself in this year’s event and the company of those joining me.
Virgin Strive Challenge was dreamt up by Sam and Noah to support their wonderful non-profit foundation, Big Change. Big Change does amazing work to encourage and back young people to reach their full potential. The Big Change team find and back ambitious entrepreneurial projects that are arming young people with the necessary tools they need to thrive in life, not just the classroom.
I’m incredibly proud of Sam, Noah and the team at Big Change, and can’t wait to tick off my Strive bucket list experience.
What’s on your bucket list? Let me know about it in the comments below.
Interested in joining us? Visit Virgin Strive Challenge to sign up!