Q & A with Caroline Wilson
By Samantha Page | Marketing Assistant Wild Women On Top
Thinking of joining the Wild Women On Top community of Trek Training and adventures?
Hear from one of our very own to see why becoming one of us may just be the best decision you ever made...
What made you become a member of Wild Women On Top?
It wasn't until I signed up for Sydney 2014 Coastrek that I came across Wild Women On Top's website & saw they did Trek Training. I thought great, that looks like my cup of tea! I wanted to start overcoming my anxieties in a safe, supported environment. In 2007 I was diagnosed with major depression & GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) – so I had a couple of scary years. I also had major depression and an eating disorder as a teenager.
What has been your favourite adventure with Wild Women On Top and why?
I have absolutely loved every adventure so far, even though they have each terrified me differently in some way!
Jatbula NT - Magnificent swimming waterholes & beautiful orange Gum Tree blossoms. This trip was the first time I had flown in an aeroplane, on my own, for 24 years.
Bungle Bungles WA - Unbelievable scenery, spiritual, remote. With this trip, I boarded a 6 seater plane (1970), for the scenic trip in & out of the Bungles! I may have been in tears before the flight, listened to my iPod during the flight with eyes closed, but I did it! On the way back I opened my eyes & said to the pilot I want to do that again!
Freycinet Tasmania – Loved the beaches, mountains and physical challenge. Climbing Mt Freycinet, Mt Graham & Mt Amos, for me, was a case of learning to let go of anxiety of heights & fear of the unknown.
We all understand the feeling when chaos overtakes pleasure and suddenly we are consumed by our to-do lists! How do you find time in your busy schedules to train with us?
Although I am a stay at home Mum, having a routine is a very important discipline & is the bridge between goals & accomplishment for me. When chaos or anxiety consumes me, I have found the best thing to do is get out the house & go for a walk, or cuddle the dog & cry, then go for a walk! Indeed, for a while there, with my mental health, I had an 8 pm routine of walking around the block every night, along with regular breathing exercises & meditation.
Do you think adventures are an important part of life? Why?
Of course, especially Wild Women On Top adventures!
It’s good for your physical and mental health. Adventures make you happier & last longer than any material object. I need all the help I can get with those happy hormones, so bring on those adventures! John Cleese once said ‘If you want creative workers (& parents), give them enough time to play’! I love playing in the bush with my Wild Women friends. My kids love the expression ‘Adventure before dementia’, but I think hiking adventures will be keeping dementia away for good!
What advice would you give to beginners who think it sounds too hard to do Coastrek or a WWOT trek?
I would advise any ‘Newbie’ to take baby steps, set goals, be persistent & to be kind to yourself. Until you try, you don’t know what you can’t do!
I love this African proverb ‘If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together’.
How important are the other girls to your motivation to rock up to training regularly?
I love every minute of training with the Wild Women girls & coaches, who come from all walks of life, because of the support, kindness, encouragement, companionship, & adventure. It’s another world out there in the bush that most of us didn’t know existed. Even after two years trek training, each week, there is a track or set of stairs I’ve never seen before!
Most of us would not achieve as much, go as far, push our fitness, go on Wild Women adventures, were it not for Wild Women On Top Trek Training & the wonderful girls we train with.