Our watch got close really quickly. By day four we felt like we’d been there for a month and at the end of three weeks it felt like a couple of years! Which was awesome. I didn’t want to leave.
People ask me about my highs and lows at Outward Bound. For me, everything at Outward Bound was a high.
I even enjoyed my solo – I played golf! I found a branch the perfect size and shape and used pebbles as golf balls. I also set up a drum with a big tree log which I hit with sticks and played a favourite beat of mine – “We will rock you”. I found out later that some of my watch had enjoyed relaxing and listening to me.
At Outward Bound I talked about my friend Leigh more often than I talked about my family. One time we had to get up and say one person we respected.
I was the only one who didn’t name a member of my family. I decided to be funny and said a big hero of mine – Ozzy Osbourne! I was just being honest. It doesn’t make me happy to admit I would be lying to say my Mum or Dad was the person I respected the most.
Everything about my life now is so much better. I’ve got a job that I really enjoy doing - garden maintenance. It gives me a lot of pride and satisfaction seeing the finished product. It’s so cool being able to say “yeah, I did that!"
I feel like in just a few months my life has completely changed. I’m not going back to who I use to be.
As a casual contractor, I’m supposed to wait for them to call each morning to let me know if there is any work, but I don’t wait for the call. I get up early every day and turn up. I think they are planning on giving me a permanent contract soon – fingers crossed.
I went to see Leigh last week and talked to a new set of students who are doing her programme. I told them about my experience in a real presentation!
I’d never have imagined doing something like that before. There I was standing up in front of people talking about my life to inspire them - I still can’t believe it! I never thought anyone would ever use me as an example of a success story!
If I could talk to those who donated to Outward Bound so I could attend, I’d like to say how it completely turned my life around. I’m thankful for everything I was able to achieve at OB and it’s thanks to all you donors.
Would you be prepared to donate to Outward Bound today? I know it would be great if more people like me, or in a similar situation to me, could be given this same chance to change their lives too.
I am so grateful I was given this opportunity. Thank you.
Yours in adventure,