Wild and won­der­ful

Friday - - Society -

Some­times just hav­ing some­thing to look for­ward to, pre­pare for and get ex­cited about can help put a lit­tle spark into a life that’s tee­ter­ing on the dull. Easy on the ef­fort – if not so kind on the wal­let – is the Can­non­ball Run (July 6 to 11 in 2014). A con­voy of su­per­cars zooms across Europe each year stop­ping off only to party, re­fuel and re­mind you that life is bril­liant. You pro­vide the wheels and around Dh38,000; they pro­vide the may­hem (www.can­non­ball­runeu­rope.co.uk).

For a quicker fix, Sky­dive Dubai of­fers a tan­dem jump (in­clud­ing video footage of it) for first-timers for Dh1,750. Get hooked and ev­ery­thing from solo to for­ma­tion sky­div­ing is pos­si­ble. For an even big­ger chal­lenge, Alpine As­cents will take you up Ever­est for around Dh240,000 (www.alpineas­cents.com), while Ex­tremeWorld Races of­fers a phe­nom­e­nal event called the Aus­trian Alpine Chal­lenge which takes place from May 18-25, costs un­der Dh2,000 (ex­clud­ing flights) and in­volves more than 200km of run­ning, bike rid­ing, climb­ing, swim­ming and even ab­seil­ing. Yes, you have to be fit, but as set­ting your­self a goal goes, it’s un­beat­able… even if you do have to pen­cil this one in for 2014. Or maybe 2015. For more in­spi­ra­tion, see www.buck­etlist.org.

On­wards and up­wards

If ‘push­ing your­self’ means ca­reer suc­cess, it might be time to sharpen your ap­proach to work and set your sights on a spe­cific goal, be it a pay rise, pro­mo­tion or, if you re­ally want to flex your busi­ness mus­cles, a takeover. Sand­piper Coach­ing (www.sand­piper­coach­ing. com) of­fers ca­reer coach­ing in Dubai and says its staff will work along­side you to help you de­cide where you want to go, iden­tify

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