'Rediscovering Life: A Journey Beyond 58'

February 25, 2024  •  6 Comments

Photographing the incredible scenery from Muktinath Temple, Lower Mustang, Nepal © Hari Dhakal

Hello, I'm Clare – a born and bred Aussie passionate about exploring the world. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate to travel extensively, living and working in various countries such as Uganda, the UK, Malta, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa. As a tourist, I've ventured to India (several times), Nepal, the USA, China, Canada, Yemen, and many other countries.

In December 1999, my husband and I embarked on an overland journey from London to Uganda in our trusty Mitsubishi 4x4, travelling through Europe, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya and ultimately arriving in Uganda in August 2000, where we settled.

Now, at age 58, I find myself on a journey of self-discovery, embracing a new phase in my life. Join me as I break away from societal norms and embark on an exhilarating adventure of rediscovery, embracing the unknown with open arms.

Each moment adds colour to my story, from thrilling experiences like paragliding over stunning landscapes in Himachal Pradesh and Nepal to etching tales of resilience through vibrant tattoos.

Beyond being an adventurer, I'm also an avid documentary and travel photographer, capturing the essence of diverse cultures and documenting the remarkable stories of the people I meet. Whether in India's lively markets or Uganda's sweeping landscapes, my camera serves as a bridge, connecting hearts and fostering unity through shared experiences.

But this journey isn't just about travel—it's a testament to life's endless possibilities beyond a certain age. It's about reinventing oneself, chasing dreams, and embracing the richness of life at every turn. Life after 58 isn't a decline; it's an exhilarating ascent to new heights, with a few hiccups along the way, filled with extraordinary moments waiting to be embraced.

Join me as I explore the world, liberated and unafraid (okay, maybe a little bit afraid), celebrating the magic of waking up each morning to live another day. Together, let's cherish the wonders of our world and seize every opportunity it presents. Because beyond the milestone of 58 lies a realm of boundless potential, and I'm here to show just how remarkable it can be. Live your life the best way you possibly can. We don't know what tomorrow will bring.

The above photo was taken as I had just finished a studio shoot of my beautiful full-back fairy tattoo created by my friend and tattoo artist, Travel-Man Tattoos, based in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. My arm filigree tattoo, seen in the photo, was also created by him. You can glimpse the Fairy Queen in the top left of this photo. © Manish Sehrawat/Gulshan Hansdah

Paragliding QueenParagliding in the Pokhara region, Nepal, Jan24 Paragliding and taking in the breathtaking views near Pokhara, Nepal. © Flying Bishnu

Photographing a Sadhu at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal.  You can see his portrait in the top left of this photo. He is a very colourful guy! © Keshav Sharma

 I am having a tender and loving moment with a cow in Dhampus, with the backdrop of the Annapurna Himalaya Ranges, Nepal. © Sandeep Timilsina


It’s so inspiring to read!! Looking for more such engaging blogs
Marissa Reyes(non-registered)
Beautiful testimony, dear Clare! Endless possibilities, indeed; because that comes from the spirit, not from age. Hoping for a real-live hug one day, soon. Much love and admiration to your process and to you.
Renzo Grande(non-registered)
endless possibilities indeed! thank you dear Clare for showing us we must keep on living fully even outside of our boundaries. We shall meet one day, soon.
Tommy Hatwell(non-registered)
And it continues…great first drop!!
And here I was thinking you were like 42 this whole time proof that age is just a number and your forever young soul shines through
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