Change which causes us to stop is not failure. It’s an opportunity to head in a different direction and a chance to look at our goals from a new perspective.
Change can also give us space to step back and rest.
In December, my two-year ride around Australia was brought to a sliding halt by stress and its effect on my body and mind.
Within days of making the tough decision to stop riding I began to feel strong and well again; an unexpected result of change and I embraced it.
Since then, I have been presented with amazing opportunities with old and new friends, real freedom, job opportunities, and I have returned home for rest and recovery without accountability.
For years I fought change. The walk around Australia gave me lots of practice, learning from it and adapting to it. It gets easier even though it is never planned.
One of the best outcomes from this latest change has been the wonderful connections I have made with other adventurers and explorers. Connections that I would not have made while campaign riding. I missed community and companionship during the last 10 years of solo expeditioning. Until now, companionship and community felt like stars in the sky, they were there but I couldn't touch them. These last two months have opened my heart to the true meaning of friendship.
When I let go of my ride I let go of everything and I allowed change to carry me in the right direction. To paraphrase the great explorer John Muir, "The mountains are calling! I must go [home]".
Story by: Terra Roam
Terra became the first woman to walk solo and unsupported around Australia in May 2018, completing an epic 17,200km lap. Terra is using a lifetime of intrepid travel and exploring the world to promote ethical and sustainable adventure.