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Faced With A Choice

26 May 2011
In 1996, Bear Grylls suffered a free-fall accident in Zambia. This resulted in the adventurer breaking his back in three places and during a substantial period in rehab, he was faced with contemplating how he wanted to live his life. In recent interview with London's Metro newspaper, he outlined this:

He certainly has done something with it. Just two years after his accident, at the age of 23, Grylls realised one of his childhood dreams and climbed mount Everest, becoming the youngest Briton to do so.

Seizing an opportunity to climb the world's tallest mountain, Grylls joined an expedition and chased this dream. For Grylls, the climb would be a gateway to other adventures- reaffirming his choice to seize the opportunity life had given him, but also proved to be a process of healing. His description of reaching Everest's summit alludes to a transition - the beginning of a new stage in his life:

'I swore that I could see halfway around the world. The horizon seemed to bend at the edges. It was the curvature of our Earth. Technology can put a man on the moon but not here. There truly was some magic to this place'
Like The Wild Geese® , Bear Grylls was faced with a choice - to play it safe or to pursue his passions and ambitions. Choosing the later, he now works hard to inspire others to do the same. Currently, 21 year old Geordie Stewart is tackling Mount Everest. Talking about the expedition Grylls could relate to the task a head of Stewart: 'It is an endeavour that will take him to the limits and probably beyond, and that sort of commitment is not hard to admire.'

Bear Grylls during his expedition to climb Mount Everest
In 2009, Bear Grylls was Chief Scout of the Scout Association in Britain and trying to reinvigorate the opportunities for young people to explore the great outdoors. Referring to his choice of lifestyle, Grylls simply says: 'It's what I've always done and I'll continue to do it... It's where I found my identity as a kid.' Similarly, when faced with their choice, The Wild Geese® only confirmed their identity while in foreign lands. Uncompromising and free.
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