Sean Conway — How Adventure Had An Impact On My Life
This is the first of a whole series of interviews with all sorts of different people to show what effect adventure can have on your life. Initially, I will start with well established Adventurers and then we will branch out into people from all walks of life.
The aim is to show how even the smallest amount of adventure can impact your life no matter who you are or where you come from.
If you’d like to take part and have a good story with pictures, please contact me via www.mattprior.co.uk
So without further a do, our first up is Mr Sean Conway! The first man in history to complete the length of Britain Triathlon. He’s currently writing and talking about it and has had his final leg filmed by the Discovery Channel which aired last night!
Please could you give us a quick run down on your life before adventure played a part?
I was an unhappy school portrait photographer. I hated it.
How and why did you get involved in all of this?
Adventure. I was skint and needed money so I thought if I broke some sort of record I’d get a sponsor.
“Fill your days with life rather than the other way round.”
How has adventure impacted your life?
Given me a reason to get out of bed. Huge goals give me focus and confidence.
What benefits has it brought specifically?
I am healthy, fit, confident and have more time to explore this amazing planet we live on and we all know time is the most valuable thing in the world.
“You’ll get to 60 or 70 and realise you haven’t lived, just existed.”
Why would you suggest others should get involved?
Adventure in its purest form is simply a way of thinking. By thinking more adventurously you will be a happier and healthier person. FACT!
Do you think anyone could do what you do?
No. I’m superhuman. Haha. Kidding. Of course. I’m not ex-army or an Olympian. I’m a 5ft 8inch hairy ginger!
“By thinking more adventurously you will be a happier and healthier person. FACT.”
What would you say are the main excuses for not doing this sort of stuff and how would you suggest people overcome them?
Comfort kills ambition. People are ‘comfortable’ I guess and therefore don’t feel they need to make the change. The problem is that you’ll get to 60 or 70 and realise you haven’t lived, just existed. Fill your days with life rather than the other way round.
What’s next for you?
Top secret ;)
Short but sweet from Mr Conway, but as you can see, life changing.
“Adventure isn’t all about climbing mountains or rowing oceans. Adventure, in its purest form, is simply a way of thinking!”
To get in touch with Sean or follow his exploits online: www.seanconway.com