You’ll notice that we depart a bit from our usual content in this edition of Outer Edge. The OE team got to talking about how exciting a time of year this is – events in Australia will take place that attract people from all around the world, and its exactly 4 weeks to go until I leave on the adventure of a lifetime. The Outer Edge Polar Challenge.
For that reason, we decided to create an “Insider’s Guide” to highlight the Outer Edge Polar Challenge. This guide was not meant to be an all-inclusive guide, most of us are accustomed to using modern technology to easily find what we need online. Our goal was to compile a thoughtful collection of information and present it in an attractive way, in keeping with the quality and visual appeal of our regular quarterly issues. Because of our vast readership and the people we reach, we feel that this issue will be one that is not only enjoyable but also retains value.
Sometimes I think that because we are not perfect at that which makes us happy, we condemn ourselves as “not good enough”, we think our errors are embarrassing, and after a while, we stop altogether. A friend of mine has a young son who loves to skateboard. He practices constantly, and he comes running into the house to tell my friend about how he has just learned a new trick. He goes outside to watch this new trick his son has developed, and he watches as he falls all over himself 15 times before “sort of” pulling off the trick. But there he is, with a grin from ear to ear that just screams “DID YOU SEE THAT DAD??” He has no idea that he’s not perfect at his passion; he just knows that it makes his heart soar, and so he does it.
Whether he’s good or not isn’t even a debate to have. It makes me happy – I do it lots.
So what have you shelved that at one time was something you were truly pursuing. Art? Music? Writing? Biking? Running? Teaching? The list is endless. Somewhere along the line, you had something that you wanted to pursue, but when you didn’t see the progress you wanted in your craft, you threw your hands in the air and gave up. But that passion and desire is still there inside you.
Life is a short thing. You lay your head down as a 20-something and you arise as a 60-something. Too busy on your career? On your goals? Working toward your retirement? Guess what you would miss during all that time that you chose not to seek and engage in those things that make your heart smile; you would miss your life. You might (or might not) be left with a hefty bank account, but you would have missed the things that would have made you truly rich.
I hope you enjoy this special “Insider’s Guide” issue and share it with your friends and family who may be unfamiliar with Outer Edge Mag.
Thanks for reading,