433: Manuel Bustelo: Living A Life Of Adventure And Wonder
Today’s guest joining us on the Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who quite simply it seems does things his way.
He is living life to the full and experiencing in a few hours the kind of stuff that most of us wait until a vacation for.
Born in Mendoza near the Andes in Argentina, it would seem obvious that his path would have gone the way it has in some ways, but then again we see time and time again on Join Up Dots that the obvious is not the normal.
He was born with asthma, and instead of his parents giving him medicine when he needed it and keeping him away from sport and exertion, they instead encouraged him at the age of four to go skiing.
On the mountain tops, where the air is thinner would seem a strange place to send an asthmatic child, but actually they laid the first dot in his life…the love of doing things differently.
And from that small boy, he has grown into a man who is now tackling the land above and below the water to bring the fragile but astonishing beauty of the world to all of us.
Mountain biking down volcanoes, diving the oceans of the world, he is inspiring a generation to take care of what we have all around us
As he said when asked about his desire to be a true adventurer “The notion of being an adventurer is great, the more adventurers we have in the world, the more nature will be respected. By getting closer to the environment – at 3000 metres watching the sunset, or being underwater with a clownfish, seeing the difference between corals that are alive and corals that are dying, we better understand the world around us. We, as humans, need to touch or see things for ourselves otherwise we can’t fully relate to them. If you don’t see something, you don’t feel it. I think that can be extended to everything. The more people that ride bikes around the world, the more people that climb mountains, the more people that get close to nature in any form, the more advocates we have for conservation.”
So is this a message that is getting through to the world, or are we all programmed by the “Well I can’t do anything on my own” mentality?
And what would he choose if we only allowed him to keep doing one of his three main passions “Biking, mountain climbing or diving?”
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Manuel Bustelo
During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Manuel such as:
Why you gain such an appreication of what is going on above the land, by diving down below the waters of the world to see the true fragility of the world.
How there are very few people in the world who can cover all their living expenses to become true explorers without outside help.
How he has struggled to balance the life that he wants to live, with the life that his family wanted him to live, and is precious about the time he has with his loved ones.
Why he experienced a strong feeling that he needed to get out of New York City and lasted only three days before saying farewell to the Big Apple