Deep down I always had a desire to travel. Before I was born my parents spent the best part of 10 years travelling around the globe as professional dancers. The majority of my childhood was therefore spent round the dinner table listening to many a story from their time abroad. Dad, a Ukrainian Cossack dancer, recalled anecdotes of masculine bravado dancing in Monte Carlo. Mum contrasted this with her romantically inclined tales of a hard up artist struggling to make ends meet. Recollections were of course frequently interrupted to inform my sister and me of the great people they met and the meals they ate (excluding perhaps the incident of monkey brains in Brazil.) From an early age I vowed that one day I would follow in their footsteps and see the world for myself.
But then life happened. Having won a place to read Music at Jesus College Oxford, my plans to travel were put on the back-burner whilst I focused on my “degree.” In a similar fashion, I quickly landed a job post-uni for a then small tea company – teapigs. Unlimited supply of tea… Surely an offer too good to refuse?
During my time at teapigs I was given the opportunity to attend the Do Lectures as chief tea maker. For those unfamiliar, The Do Lectures consist of a series of talks given in South Wales over a three day period to inspire people to act. In other words to “Do” something. Pitched as a more wholesome, organic alternative to TED, the lectures featured a diverse range of inspiring talks. Lectures ranged from explorer Ed Stafford’s “Why Taking Risks is Important” to Tom Herbet’s “Why Good Bread Needs to be for Everyone.” (Incidentally I will be working my 4th food job at Tom’s bakery, Hobbs House,)
Founder David Hieatt comments “when you listen to their stories, they light a fire in your belly to go and Do your thing, your passion, the thing that sits in the back of your head each day, just waiting, and waiting for you to follow your heart.” David proved right. I returned back from the Dos, notepad in hand with two items scrawled in the corner of my notepad. My Little Do = Get up earlier. My Big Do = Travel the world learning about food and drink.
I may still get up late, but I’m pleased to say that three years on, I’m finally about to live out my Big Do.
Are you living your Big or Little Do? If not why not? Leave your comments below.