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.