We were sitting at a moment of truth high up on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

“How do you feel?” My Guide asked as I sat hunched in the darkness panting heavily.

“Absolutely …. exhausted.” I gasped back at him between pants.

“Are you sick or do you have a headache?”

“No… Just…. exhausted.”

We were sitting at a moment of truth high up on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. If my Guide told me to go down, I’d turn round. If he asked me if I think I should go down I’d turn round and start heading down. “No headache, no sick, you can still go on.” He said. “We are so close to Stella Point…


This is a picture of a red Plant Box sitting on the pavement outside Burns Cottage. The box is red and has a white outline of an old man and an inscription dedicated to Tam O Shanter
This is a picture of a red Plant Box sitting on the pavement outside Burns Cottage. The box is red and has a white outline of an old man and an inscription dedicated to Tam O Shanter
Image By Sean McBride. Plant Box outside Burns Cottage dedicated to Tam O Shanter

I took a walk through present-day Alloway where one of the most famous writers of all time, Robert Burns, was born and raised. I wanted to see what remains of his life over 200 years on. Not only did I see him everywhere but the story of one of his most famous characters came to life before my very eyes.

There are few in literature whose lives are celebrated as readily and as globally as that of Scotland’s Bard Robert Burns. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, think back to New Year’s Eve when you sang Auld Lang Syne to herald in this year. Robert Burns was the man who wrote it.

Auld Lang Syne sung by Dougie MacLean 31/12/17

The village of Alloway where Burns was born and raised is now a part of the present-day town of Ayr, situated about 2 miles south of the town center. I walked out through town and then skirting a…


Avoiding my money problems simply compounded them. I had to change my mindset to confront them over the long haul.

A man sits at a desk with sticky notes that have eyes drawn on them covering his eyes.
A man sits at a desk with sticky notes that have eyes drawn on them covering his eyes.
Image credit: Maria Casinos.

In 2010 I found myself in unmanageable debt of over £250,000, yet within four years, during which time I still had more than enough money to live on, I was completely debt-free and have been in full control of my finances ever since.

There was no new job, lottery win, or significant pay rise involved. In fact, I lost my job. It was all about changing my mental approach to the problem. Here is some of the thinking I adopted which helped me clear my debts and keep my finances in control for life.

Don’t Judge Yourself as a Person for Struggling With Debt

Perhaps one of the most limiting…


Everything changed when I realized that I don’t have to lose weight to be who I wanted to be. I’d been that person all along

Image By Sean McBride Standing above the clouds on top of the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro
Image By Sean McBride Standing above the clouds on top of the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro
Standing above the clouds on top of the Barranco Wall on Kilimanjaro. All photos courtesy of the author.

I looked across at the summit of Everest glowing in the newly risen sun and caught my breath. From my vantage point, just over 6,000 meters above sea level, high on the Mera Glacier, I was seeing the world as only gods and elite mountaineers tend to see it.

I am neither god nor an elite mountaineer. In fact, I am quite overweight. But I have long since learned that the realms of adventure and incredible achievement are there for anyone regardless of your weight, but you have to know how to carry yourself into them.


Approaching my 50s with a BMI over 40, out of breath at the top of 2 flights of stairs, I decided to climb the highest mountain in the world

Sean McBride, wearing full winter clothing standing outside High Camp on Mera Peak in the Himalayas. Mount Everest can be seen among the mountains in the background.
Sean McBride, wearing full winter clothing standing outside High Camp on Mera Peak in the Himalayas. Mount Everest can be seen among the mountains in the background.
Image By Sean McBride. Standing outside High Camp on Mera Peak with the summit of Everest towering behind me.

This article is for anyone who has been trying to lose weight but hasn’t been successful. It provides a framework you can work within that enables you to achieve incredible goals and to feel amazing even if you never lose another pound.

I say this as someone who has been obese all my adult life and whose life changed dramatically for the better the moment I decided to climb Everest. I haven’t yet summited Everest but I have now been to the Himalayas three times and, on a trip to a mountain called Mera Peak, reached the highest altitude of…

Sean McBride

I am an Adventure Travel Writer who provides the inspiration to help people live their finest moments through adventures https://inspirationthroughadventure.com

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