When I tell people I am going to walk 480km across Tasmania I often get asked, “why do you want to do that?” To date I have answered “because ever since I heard about the Tasmanian Trail eight years ago I have wanted to walk it and I don’t want to be ninety saying, I wish I had given that a go.” It is important to note at this point that this is not my only reason, I actually have a number of reasons that float around in my head. I just find this reason is the one most people understand or resonate with because we all have dreams and ideas about what we would like to achieve in our life time.

This week I realised that to be able to fully commit to undertaking my trek across Tasmania I needed to solidify my reasons for doing it. I decided to get the reasons out of my head and write them down so I can refer to them when things get hard or I am having a bad day. I will also write them on a piece of paper to have in my pocket or backpack so they are ready to read when I need that boost of inspiration to keep putting one foot in front of the other while on my walk. In the end I came up with six whys for walking the Tasmanian trail:

Because I don’t want to be 90 years old and saying ‘I wish I had given that a go’

As a dedication to my mother who is so supportive and excited about my adventure

Because I have always desired to do adventurous things but never taken up the challenge

Because I think it is good to push myself out of my comfort zone to find out what I am capable of

Because I believe I will learn, grow and change from the experience

Because I want others to see it is possible to challenge themselves with an adventure/venture of their own choosing

Now I have written my compelling reason down I want to create some short videos to share with you over the next couple of weeks of my why’s just for fun. I think everything we do in life should have some element of fun so here goes, I hope you enjoy my creative video venture.

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January 20, 2014

Anni May Jensen