Risk and Reward
By Sonya Chwyl, Communications Coordinator
On Wednesday, Glenlyon Preparatory School alum Nick Gudewill visited the Senior School assembly to speak about his recent travels to Africa.
Last year, Nick embarked on a ten-week motorcycle tour of the continent, beginning in Capetown, South Africa, and ending in Alexandria, Egypt. The whirlwind trip took Nick and his travel partners through deserts and canyons and difficult conditions. They dealt with blistering heat, fierce winds and many unexpected hurdles, and Nick says he often questioned himself and his reasons for embarking on his trip in the first place.
"I'd ask myself 'why?' What's a guy at my age doing taking this trip?" he said. But even when the road got tough, the risk was always well worth the reward: thanks to his perseverance, Nick had countless once-in-a-lifetime experiences was lucky enough to feast his eyes on some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth.
He also got the chance to interact with many of the locals and immerse himself in culture that was entirely different from his own.
During Wednesday's assembly, Nick talked at length about the benefits of calculated risk-taking and encouraged the students to follow their dreams. Most obstacles can be overcome, he said, with a little bit of elbow grease.
"In a difficult situation, if you have imagination and determination, things will usually turn out."
Prior to his Africa trip, Nick completed a motorcycle tour that took him from Turkey to China. Next year, he's planning a trip through South America.
"Don't be afraid to realize your dreams, reach for the sky, and try things out of the ordinary," Nick said. "Don't be afraid to take some risks, because that's what we're here for."
Thanks so much for visiting, Nick - we can't wait to hear all about your next exciting adventure!