Hi everyone, apologies for the delay in posting the final blog. It has been a quick turnaround from finishing to travelling to Chile from Antarctica. I finished on the 23rd and wrote this blog post on the plane journey back to Union Glacier (the ALE camp). It took me 24 hours to reach the pick up point, it was a really tough day and I’m still pretty exhausted.
I’m disappointed that I ran out of time to make the crossing of Antarctica which would have been around another 100 miles. But I also feel I did everything I could. I didn’t take a single day off in 70 days and pushed the hours every single day.
I’m also proud of myself, I kept going when it was tough, when I thought I couldn’t do anymore. I wanted to continue to push my boundaries and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
I wanted to show that it does not matter where you are from, what you look like or what you start line is, you can truly achieve anything.
A lot of people told me that I would not be able to achieve things, wanted me to fit into a box, I’m sure the individuals would not admit that now but I’m so so glad I didn’t listen to them.
If a Punjabi woman from Derby can do this, then anybody can achieve anything
It was Rupi Kaur that said:
“I stand on the sacrifices of a million women before me thinking what can I do to make this mountain taller so the women after me can see farther”
I hope I have made that mountain a little taller. You are capable of so much, don’t let anybody tell you that you are not.
And finally to Antarctica – this is not a place you conquer, it is a place you treat with respect and hope it will allow you safe passage. Thank you for allowing me that safe passage.
And a few more words:
Aaj main ehi dakhona chaundi si, ke thusi kuch vi achieve kar sakde hai.
Main hamesha is expedition naal loka nu inspire karna chaundi si
Jeh Derby tho ik Punjabi kurri eh kar sakdi, thusi vi kuch vi achieve kar sakde hai
That’s all from me.