Every now and then I have a “What are you thinking?” moment and the enormity of the Arctic challenge hits me. In that moment it’s like I realise my place in the universe, how small I am, and at what tremendous odds I am up against. It’s truly terrifying.
I think about the £6,000 I have to raise. I think about the physical challenges. I think about the sheer speed the dog sleds are going to be travelling at.
I think about all of these things, and I worry that I’m just not up to it.
Sometimes I think maybe it’s too hard, and I should admit defeat..
But I haven’t given up, and I won’t give up.
Yes, I’m out of shape, and yes I have only raised 25% of my fundraising total so far. Yes the Arctic Circle is one of the most inhospitable places on the planet, and yes I will be in charge of some hyperactive huskies pulling me across ice and snow at break-neck speeds. And, yes, the fundraising is still hard work.
But I can do this, and I will do this — one way or another. I think perhaps you have to be slightly crazy sometimes to see the odds stacked so high against you and want to carry on anyway.
As always, you can show your own support for the Great Arctic Fundraising Adventure here: www.justgiving.com/james-chesters.