Call Me Crazy But…

by Hannah Loaring on September 10, 2012 · 23 comments

I’m a firm believer in the phrase “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

I always knew what I wanted in life, but for some reason I spent a very long time doing nothing about it, and was pretty unhappy as a result.

Then I turned 30 (cue deep self-analysis and major life overhaul). And I finally asked myself that all important question: What did I need to do to be truly happy?

It wasn’t a short answer, and it didn’t have a quick resolution, but I learnt to listen to myself and start moving in the right direction. I got myself out of debt, started a blog, and began to connect with an array of like-minded people through the blogging community.

Enter Kim and Sarah.

We had found each other serendipitously through the comments section on Almost Fearless, and began to form an online friendship. We all shared similar experiences and dreams, and I felt a really strong connection with them both.

So, as any totally sane person would have done, I decided to ask them to drive the length of India with me in the equivalent of a lawnmower on wheels.

I had been dreaming of taking part in the Rickshaw Run for years, and had tried carousing everyone I knew into taking part, but to no avail. Even my boyfriend Lee, who is the most outgoing person I know, couldn’t be persuaded.

It seemed futile, until one day I got an email from The Adventurists announcing the registration dates for the January 2013 Rickshaw Run. I instantly thought of Kim and Sarah.

Well, I said to myself, I’ll just ask…

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

To my surprise and joy Kim emailed right back with these exact words: “That idea is insane… and I LOVE IT!” followed by Sarah a few days later with “I’M IN!!!”

And so it began.

Three women, all strangers from different continents, will embark on the world’s greatest road trip, rattling 3,500km across India in a three-wheeled tin can.

We still have so much to do before we actually get to India. There are visas to acquire, international drivers licenses to apply for, fundraising targets to meet and so much more. We will be charting our progress right here on the Rickshaw Run Diaries, and hope to build a permanent resource for anyone else out there crazy enough to sign up for this event.

I can’t believe I am finally going to take part in the Rickshaw Run!

All I had to do was ask.

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We are so excited to share our journey with you. If you would like to follow along, why not consider subscribing to FREE email updates or follow the Rickshaw Run Diaries Facebook page.

 

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Carmel September 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

It’s always worth asking. I’m super excited for all three of you and am just praying for your safe return! But what could happen, right?? :)

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Hannah September 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Ha! That’s definitely one question best not to ask Carmel!

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claire September 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Ah, this is soooo exciting!! I actually cannot wait to for this one to unfold!! xxxx

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Thank you Claire – we’re so happy to have you following along :)

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Irina September 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I would definitely be interested in reading about your adventure in all details!
I just learned about the Rickshaw Run recently and that same second decided that I want to do it myself one day… My husband will never agree on anything like this, so you ladies (and especially Hannah) are my inspiration for looking beyond the immediate circle :)

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Sarah September 13, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Exactly! Get a couple of girlfriends together and go for it Irina!!! I think April 2013 nominations are open… :)

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Rashna September 13, 2012 at 5:43 AM

Am subscribing to the email updates, and so excited, and happy, and tearing up with all the happiness and excitement, and and and a…….!! wishing you sooooo much happiness
and fun times. God bless!

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Hannah September 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Thank you so much Rashna! We really appreciate your support and hope to make a pitstop along the way to visit you :)

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Margaret Hogan September 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM

I’ve just finished reading Marcella Hazan’s memoirs and there’s this lovely saying in it… “Why doesn’t a frog have a tail? Because he didn’t ask for it.” I’m just so impressed that you’ve pulled this adventure together. What an experience! Can’t wait to follow along.

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Hannah September 14, 2012 at 10:40 AM

That’s a great quote, I’ll have to check out the book. Thank you so much for your support Marg, it really means a lot :)

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Tracey September 16, 2012 at 6:13 AM

People meeting serendipitously gives me goose bumps!!!! Luck to you ladies on this amazing charity adventure:) You are the dream team of this Rickshaw Run. I can’t wait to read the stories!

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Kim September 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Thank you Tracey :) We are SO EXCITED!!! Thanks for your support.

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Dayla September 25, 2012 at 9:58 PM

WOW! I learned of the race last year. It’s on my bucket list! Can’t wait to “follow” the adventure online!

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Hannah October 25, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Thank you Dayla, we so happy to have you following our journey :)

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Audrey | That Backpacker October 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

This is awesome! I love reading how it came together. :D It’ll be fun reading about your drive across India together.

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Hannah October 25, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Thanks Audrey! I’m so excited to get started :)

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Jenny October 12, 2012 at 7:48 AM

I heart this SO much!!!

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Hannah October 25, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Thanks Jenny <3

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Brendon Of Nerd Travels October 25, 2012 at 7:19 AM

This sounds amazing, I will definitely be following along :) Cant wait to see how it goes :D You all rock!

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Hannah October 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Cheers Brendon! We’re so glad you will be following our adventure.

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