Welcome to the #AdventureSeries No. 9 with Squash Falconer.
Introducing Squash Falconer, athlete, adventurer, speaker and presenter.
“From a young age I was leaping from trees and swinging out of the barn on the farm I was brought up on. Fear didn’t make an appearance in my life until I was three year old when I was attached by a cockerel and I’ve been scared of birds ever since.That aside, I‘ve found my own wings with paragliding and I’ve always had an insatiable spirit for adventure.
For many years my plan was simple, I was going to be a farmer and leave school when I was 16. Perfect! Things don’t always work out as you think they might though. At 12 one of my teachers suggested that if I applied myself, I had more potential academically than I realised, so I did and I did! I completed my GCES’s, A-levels & Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and embracing my love for sport and the outdoors set off into the unknown.
At 18 I found myself deep in the heart of the French Alps. Every morning I saw Mt Blanc out of my bedroom window and I had no clue that this mountain would come to represent the beginning of one of my greatest passions – big mountain climbing!”
Squash has spent her whole life seeking out adventure. Her adventures have taken her all over the world including the top of Mount Everest!
Photos from top left
Bath with a view at Via Ferratta, Trent College speech day, View from above, So much snow – Tignes, Concentration face, climbing at Via Ferratta, Kayaking to the secret tunnel at Lac du Tignes, Fun in the sky
What does adventure mean to you?
Adventure means excitement, exploration, discovery, stepping into the unknown and living a life full of passion and love – it’s addictive.
What have you learned from having an adventurous lifestyle?
I’ve learned that when I open myself up to opportunities and dare to do things and dare to chase dreams, amazing things happen. I’ve meet incredible people. I see, do, feel and experience things that I never imagined I would or could have. I’ve learned that people generally, are good and kind and that life is a real mix of highs and lows and embracing them all is key. Through difficultly comes understanding and learning, failure is sometimes the best lesson and everything passes – the good stuff and perhaps more importantly the bad stuff too!
How has life changed because you make time for adventures and activities that you love?
I know when I don’t make time for adventure and activities I don’t feel so good or function that well. Adventure and the activities I do have shaped my life. Through my adventures I’ve been able to create the life I live and do the work that I do. My desire to be fit and healthy means that I keep active and that is very significant on a daily basis. It’s no secret our health relates directly to our mental, physical and spiritual well-being. There have been times, for example, when I’ve been busy, stressed or distracted and as a result I’ve been less active and eaten a bad diet and over a matter of days and weeks I really notice I don’t feel so good. Even the smallest adventures can lift my mood, brighten my day and change everything!
What helps you to adopt a positive mind-set?
There’s definitely a few ways I do this. It can be as simple as a short workout. Working out always makes me feel more energised, positive and motivated. The key to motivating myself to do that has been to make my work out a habit, part of my daily routine. Even if it’s just 10 minutes, I do it! Talking to people is good, there are so many wonderful amazing people out there and I have such wonderful friends and family. I don’t have to look far for inspiration or support. Social media can be a great place to get ideas and motivation. And then there’s remembering my goals and values, reminding myself of what it is I would like to do and how I want to live my life, being mindful of that has a very positive effect.
What piece of advice were you given that you took to heart and used with good effect?
Someone once said to me “Squash you won’t have this moment again.” The timing must have been perfect because I really heard those words. They are so true. This moment right now, is all there is and I certainly won’t ever get it back. So, I try to remind myself of that and I embrace the moments because added together they make my life. I will (nearly!) always jump into freezing cold water, I always stop to take that photo, I always give a compliment, even if I feel shy or awkward, I always try to push myself out of my comfort zone and I always say quietly to myself, “Squash, you won’t have this moment again, what are you going to do with it?”.
What piece of advice would you share from your experience?
You are way more capable than you realise! It’s really important to try to live the life that you want for yourself, try to stay true to who you are and what your drivers and goals are. It’s not always easy, and sometimes you might feel utterly lost and not know. Allow yourself time to find out who you are and what you want. Be kind to yourself and others, you have no idea what someone else is going through and what their battles are. Embrace life, love deeply and remember, it’s often easier to apologise afterwards than ask for permission first 😉
Who inspires you to keep adventure as part of your life?
People. It could be friends and family, complete strangers or famous people. Inspiration comes in so many forms from so many different people.
What burning question should I have asked – Why Squash?
When I was born my sister couldn’t say my name, Louise, so she called me Ease, then Peas, then Squashypeas and then finally just Squash. Really I suppose it should have been Mushy or Mush!
I would love to thank the audacious Squash Falconer for sharing her passion for adventure and her lust for life and for helping to inspire us all to turn up the heat on life’s big adventure. You can find out more about Squash by checking out her website.
Look out for #AdventureSeries No.10 – launching 1/4/18
The final of this series! Here you will meet the inspirational Paralympian Anne Wafula Strike. Introducing Anne Wafula Strike; MBE, athlete, author, mother, and sporting ambassador. She is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary woman with a powerful story.