A New Hat and an Injection of Adrenaline

In preparation for going away (which has now been confirmed as three months, rather than six weeks), I’ve bought a new hat. This is not a frivolous, dilly-dallying, knicker-dropping surfer’s straw hat, like the one I bought for my trip to Kenya in 2000; this is a serious, waterproof, heart-melting adventurer’s hat. And it has buttons.

My new adventure hat

My new adventure hat

In the spirit of doing new and exciting things, I also had a go in a 220bhp 765kg Peugeot THP Spider Mini Le Mans racing car around Thruxton, Britain’s fastest track.

Peugeot THP Spider

Peugeot THP Spider

Peugeot THP Spider from the back

Peugeot THP Spider from the back


I could have paid to do a Quest

For £300+VAT, I could have gone on a quest to places such as “Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Istanbul, Lille, Stuttgart, Essen, Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as a range of different locations in the UK”.

I could have spent “a day immersed in the economic, political and social context of another location (at home or overseas), learning lessons and comparing challenges with leaders from across the world.” (Common Purpose Quests)

But instead I chose to book a one-way ticket to Nepal.

This Adventure

What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life. This is what life means and what life is for.

George Mallory

On Excitement, Hats and Style

What does MojoQuest mean to me?

My philosophy degree taught me to remain questioning; MojoQuest will hopefully teach me to remain questing – which I understand as the real-world form of questioning.

Over the last ten years I’ve been in and out of long-term relationships, spending no more than a few months single at any one point. While those relationships have been valuable and I’ve learned a lot about myself and others in that time, I’ve always existed as part of a couple. When my most recent relationship ended, I was shocked that being part of a couple was my default emotional position.

During those ten years, as I look back, I realise I’ve not done much to shout about either. When I was 16, I did all sorts of exciting and brave (and active) things: things like climbing mountains and swimming marathons. Recently I’ve got back on with doing interesting stuff like getting a philosophy degree and trying to be a social entrepreneur (see the About Me page), but nothing that makes me think “Wow!” (or makes other people say “Wow!”, which can be equally as important).

MojoQuest is simply an active exploration of the world, its people and activities; but exploring that’s done by myself and for me, in order to reset my default emotional position to being excited and happy to be me, without reference to anyone else. This requires a considerable amount of hat-wearing.

What’s with the hats?

MojoQuest has a hat theme. There are a few reasons for this, the main one being that interesting stuff happens more often when I’m wearing a hat. This began when I was a teenager on the King’s Road and was wearing a straw sunhat that was going to Kenya with me (see, I did cool stuff back then). All the very pretty girls wanted to try my hat on. This was the most female attention I had ever received. Hats became even more of a thing for me.

For my 18th (or my 21st?) birthday, my mum gave me a photo album of me wearing hats throughout my life. The idea was that I would keep adding to it. I haven’t; I’ve not really worn hats that much in the last few years. Time for more hats.

Other reasons:

  • My mum’s an astonishingly brilliant couture milliner: www.judybentinck.com
  • Hat-wearing is a lost art.
  • I needed a theme and the more quest-y things like shields and magic rings and wizards seemed too clumsy.

What to I hope to achieve?

I suppose I don’t really know and that that’s basically the whole point. While I’m setting myself some rules and guidelines for this blog, there are no restrictions on the actual quest.

I will most likely be questing for the rest of my life; in fact, if I’m not, can someone give me a kick up the arse to get me questing again? I like the Chinese attitude that runs along the lines of ‘If you’re proud of what you’ve done, you’ve stopped trying’; which is similar to the scientific attitude ‘If you’ve stopped asking questions, you’re not doing science any more.’

What form will this blog take?

Initially, I’ll be documenting the things I’ve done and learned since deciding to quest for a mojo. This will most likely involve hats and the occasional introspective.

Then this will become a semi-travel blog, where I’ll be writing up the more interesting parts of my trip to Nepal (and possibly beyond). Expect varying writing styles (including poetry, if I take the right malaria medication) and a certain surprise hidden in each post.

If I can get it to work, I’ll also have a map that will show you where I’ve been and hopefully link to the post I wrote about that particular place.


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