Know who you are, love who you are, be who you are.

Screenshot of a video conference call with the faces of my three daughters covering the screen and my image in the bottom left hand corner.
Screenshot of a video conference call with the faces of my three daughters covering the screen and my image in the bottom left hand corner.
The very best of life and me. Top left, Joanna (Middle daughter) top right, Julia (Baby) bottom center, Kathryn (Eldest) bottom left me (Dad) All images by Sean McBride

My greatest adventure started in the small hours of the morning of 2nd June 1993. That was when I first looked at little baby Kathryn in my first seconds of becoming a dad. I’ve served as a soldier, won boxing trophies, ran marathons, and climbed high into the Himalayas. By a country mile, however, my greatest achievement is being a dad. In a moment I changed forever. In fatherhood, I’ve lived out my greatest and happiest moments and found my deepest joy.

As to the other stuff, if you want to find out more, you’re in luck. I write about…


“Be kind to yourself” is a cliché, but there are real habits for doing it that can move you forward

Person staring out into the setting sun
Person staring out into the setting sun
Image credit: Chalabala.

I was dropping my best pal home after work, sitting outside her house in the car, when I finally lost control and broke down. I couldn’t hide the tears anymore as they stung my eyes and rolled down my face.

I hadn’t slept in days; I was utterly exhausted and felt physically sick. I hated myself for not being able to do the job they’d given me to do. Choking back the tears and sobbing, I told my pal about the informal warning I’d just received from my boss.

Hardly the behavior you’d expect of a senior manager in a…


As a soldier, boxer, and practicing mountaineer, I learned techniques for overcoming fear that pay dividends in all walks of life

A view of the blue sky as a man bungee jumps.
A view of the blue sky as a man bungee jumps.
Image credit: Bondariev

There were four of us and our instructor huddled together in the back of a small Cessna Light Aircraft as it started to circle and climb above the airfield. “500ft,” the instructor called out to let us know what altitude we were at.

We were supposed to be familiarizing ourselves with how things looked on the ground but I was terrified. It was all I could do not to close my eyes and keep them tightly shut. The aircraft continued to circle and climb.

The instructor kept us informed of the height every 500ft until we reached our target altitude…


As a soldier, anger was commonly used to motivate. But business is not a battle, and it helps to be more civilized in civilian society

People hanging out
People hanging out
Image credit: fizkes.

For twenty years, every customer issue that no one else could solve in my organization was escalated to me. My working life was full of angry customers and panicking sales guys. Millions of dollars were always on the line and crisis was the order of the day. During my early years in that job, I was as angry as everyone else.

When I stopped being angry, however, I really started to excel at the job.

Here is what I’ve learned about managing the crisis with a sense of calm.

Only Showing Respect Earns Respect

My introduction to management was probably not the best. At the…


WRITING PROMPT RESPONSE

The more we talked, the more each of the plans seemed to be torpedoed and sink slowly into San Francisco Bay.

A Suspension Bridge
A Suspension Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. Image by Sean McBride

I didn’t know too much about Linda. She was very well organized, a stickler for process and I’d heard she was fierce in an argument. I also knew I was going to be at least an hour late meeting her. I’d hoped she’d take it well.

I Showed Up Late

Linda was smiling and seemed in her element when I finally caught up with her. She was sitting outside glowing in the full glare of the Californian sun. We Scottish people tend to do that whenever it stops raining wherever we are in the world.

She pointed out however that I’d made a wee…


WRITING PROMPT RESPONSE

When I’m not eating junk food, things can get rather interesting

A selection from a buffet in The Philippines. Image by Sean McBride

Apparently, Saint Augustine said, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” With this image in mind, let me introduce you to the recipe book of my travels.

The ‘one page’ for me would feature most of the global fast-food giants such as McDonald's, KFC, and others. These tend to be my staple diet when I’m at home in the Western world. Fortunately for my physical and mental well-being, I tend to travel a lot. What I eat on my travels can be as varied as the colors, sounds, and languages I experience…


TRAVEL. NATURE. SCOTLAND

There’s something for everyone in the Scottish Mountains

Mountains across the skyline with two interlocking vapour trails making a white cross on a blue sky.
Mountains across the skyline with two interlocking vapour trails making a white cross on a blue sky.
Vapor Trails making a Scottish Saltire in the sky high above Ben Lomond. All images by Sean McBride

If there’s one thing I love about my homeland of Scotland, it’s her mountains. If there was a picture to capture the loneliness of being away from them during isolation, this is it. The Scottish Saltire flying high in the clouds above Ben Lomond, an iconic Scottish Mountain.

From mountains like Ben Lomond to welcome walkers to their first Munro (Scottish Mountain 3,000ft or over) to the Rannoch Wall on the Buchaille or the North Face of Ben Nevis offering the serious climbers some of the wildest unaided climbing in Europe and everything in between, there’s something for everyone in…


Image shows a large oval shaped seat. Grey leather with a small backrest either side of a split in the centre.
Image shows a large oval shaped seat. Grey leather with a small backrest either side of a split in the centre.
The seat at The Louvre which I mistook for a piece of Modern Art. Image by Sean McBride

Perhaps this was a statement about the timelessness…


In the foreground is the snow laden floor of a glacier with some footprints in the snow. In the distance is a line of snow capped mountain tops.
In the foreground is the snow laden floor of a glacier with some footprints in the snow. In the distance is a line of snow capped mountain tops.
Looking over the Himalayas from the Mera Glacier. All images by Sean McBride

To find peace is not to fight mortality…

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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