Days Away


Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. ~ Mark Twain


In a week I will leave on the adventure of a lifetime. ‘Cycling Around the World’ from Sanya, China back to my home in Canada. Hundreds of thoughts flutter around in my mind as I pose to challenge the invariable unknown that lies ahead. I have thoughts of excitement, fear, self-doubt, adventure, beauty, challenge, darkness and joy. All of these ideas play tricks on my mind, like shadows in the night.

As I complete the final touches before my departure there is a certain satisfaction with having come this far and finally reach my goal. Sometimes these feelings are also met with a touch of impending doom. If I let my mind wander to all the ‘What if…’ scenarios, it is easy to feel apprehensive about the whole thing. It is the last week I will know where I will be sleeping, have an idea where I will be eating and know which way is home. These feelings of self-doubt can be easily overcome by remembering to think one day at a time and living in the present moment. If I knew all the answers there would be no reason to go. I know I will be fine.

Everything is coming together after months of preparation. Last minute purchases are being taken care of and ‘To Do Lists’ have a bottom in sight. I am excited and I am afraid. To say that I won’t feel a certain sense of fear next week as I walk out my door for the last time, would be a lie and understatement. To me that ‘fear’ means it is something worth doing. It is something bigger than myself. There are far too many good things ahead to keep those thoughts in check.

With all of the support I have been given failure is not possible. There are great personal challenges waiting that will make me a better person. It is that wonderful unknown I look forward to. Thank you to all the people that have helped me get this far and to my supporters with my ‘Fundraising Project’ for Free the Children. I can’t do it alone.

About markquattrocchi

My name is Mark Quattrocchi. This site is dedicated to giving people a look into the wonders of world travel. Through my experiences, thoughts and ambitions about adventure, I strive to give motivation to people to follow their dreams.

Posted on June 30, 2014, in Adventure, Around the World, Charity, Cycling, Inspiration, Motivation, Thoughts, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Good luck. And, keep posting. Anxious to share in your adventure.

  2. One more sleep Markie Mark! All the best! You have people rooting for you from all across the world. We may not be riding alongside of you but we are 100% behind you cheering you on!

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