Try and slap a label on my kid in front of me – and I can’t be responsible for my actions!
Yup, few things in life are guaranteed to bring out the lioness in me quicker than someone trying to pigeonhole one of my kids and squeeze them into a typecasting box.
Yet for some reason, I’m apparently more than happy to slap labels on MYSELF. What’s THAT all about?
In my early TV career, I was known for my fearless attitude to life. If it involved adrenaline, I was IN! An element of danger? Even better! Bobsleigh runs with the Olympic team? First Civilian to fly a full display with The Red Arrows? Jumping out of planes? Racing Touring Cars? I was your girl!
Yet, since becoming a parent, I’ve heard myself saying things like: “I’m so glad I did all that high adrenaline stuff on TV because I’ve got it out of my system and I don’t feel the need to do it anymore”!
Where did the high octane adrenaline junkie go?
Turns out, for reasons even I don’t understand, I’d just suppressed my adrenaline gene.
Of course, there’s no doubt that becoming a parent makes you way more aware of your own mortality than ever before, in the most magnified way. But it’s so important you don’t let being a mum define you in a negative way. You’re still the same girl you were before making humans!
So, this summer, I unleashed the beast!
The journey to re-discovery started off at Silverstone racetrack, in the F1 single seaters. Fully suited and booted and inches from the ground, I couldn’t contain my excitement as they strapped me in and, what followed was a morning of sheer adrenaline heaven which left my face aching from smiling so hard!
And then Abarth asked me if I fancied racing their stunning new 124 Spider up the iconic Hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed. 0-62 in 6.8 seconds? How could I possibly say no?! Again, I loved every second of it and have been driving an Abarth 595 Competizione ever since. It feels like it suits me so well – I’ve never felt more at one with a machine!
Back to Silverstone for some British Grand Prix action (I know!) and, it’s safe to say, my love and appreciation of all things SPEED was officially back on track! No pun intended!
So make sure you’re living authentically and don’t come up with excuses because life has changed. LIFE has changed – but YOU haven’t!
It’s the best feeling ever to acknowledge that the speed loving, up for everything girl may be raising two human beings and committed for life to another but, you know what?
I’M STILL HER!