I’ve often said don’t bother doing things that don’t excite you and it’s a principle I live by.
I try and incorporate adventure into every aspect of my life – it’s why the first thing I do when I wake up is a form of sport.
Sometimes I enjoy a tough match on the tennis court, or a brisk walk around the island but I’m also lucky to live in the British Virgin Islands where I can indulge my favourite sport - kitesurfing.
I often go on long kitesurfs to Anegada and back, or sometimes just go out on the water for a quick session. My kitesurfing has improved over the years and I have even been crowned the oldest person to kiteboard the English Channel - I was aiming to be the fastest but my son Sam smashed that world record.
There’s nothing better than starting your day feeling invigorated and alive. It’s also a great way to set yourself goals that you can work towards and makes you realise you are capable of achieving far more than you usually believe is possible.
That doesn’t mean it’s always easy – when I first tried surfing I really struggled to begin with. I was out with Sam and his friends and (perhaps foolishly) I didn’t think it would be that difficult.
On the third day of trying to stand up and ride a wave, someone on the board next to me mentioned that a photographer was hiding in the bushes with a telephoto lens. My ego (and the front page pictures in all the Australian press the next day) got the better of me and I got up on the next wave. It was like riding a bike – you struggle and struggle and then suddenly you’re off and it feels amazing.
Getting out on the waves keeps the blood flowing, keeps me fit and starts my morning with a bit of a buzz. It also means I’m so much more productive for the rest of the day.
If you’re not having fun then what’s the point?