The Eighteenth-Century Swiss author Madame de Stael once said, “Travel is one of the saddest pleasures in life.” If travel is a lovely single malt Scotch, The Mongol Rally is akin to crack.
The Mongol Rally is a 10,000 mile unsupported car rally traveling from London, UK to Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. It is adventure philanthropy at its best. Driving across 1/3 of the world in a tiny car, 2 continents, 14 countries, 5 mountain ranges, and 3 deserts; all while raising money for a local charity in Mongolia. I decided to leave all the creature comforts of NYC, put my career on pause for a moment, and willingly subject myself to a potentially hazardous journey.
In life there are a hundreds of ways to die an unexpectedly painful death and thousands of ways to waste away slowly and unconsciously. To feel alive often involves risk. To risk pain for love, risk humiliation to sing, risk potential harm to ascend the highest peak, risk rejection and publish…being ALIVE involves risk. Life dares you at every turn to see if you will take the bait.
I am taking the bait. I want to see where my limits are and expand beyond it.