Staring Death in the Face with Hotter

Before I had my kids, I was always up for adventure.  Adrenaline junkie is probably too strong a term – I never had the urge to try bungee jumping or base jumping, or any other kind of jumping in fact – but I definitely enjoyed the buzz I would get from pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.  I love skiing, and pre-kids would have happily thrown myself down a black run despite not being a particularly competent skier.  “What’s the worst that could happen?” I’d merrily declare.  But since having my children, something unexpected has happened to me.

Overnight I became starkly aware of my mortality.  Suddenly I didn’t feel invincible anymore.  Sure, carrying, birthing and feeding a real life human baby made me respect my body for what it could do, but at the same time I realised how damn important I am.  My babies need me, I can’t die!  Now I find myself assessing dangers at every turn, and my post-kids self tells my pre-kids self that, actually, the worst that could happen is that I could ski headlong into a tree and be splattered dead.


Recently I was offered the opportunity to try out the Bournemouth Pier zip wire, which is something that I was desperate to do when it arrived a few years back, but hadn’t thought about recently (wire snappy, fall-y fall-y, splishy splashy, drowny drowny).  But when I was asked about doing it, my pre-kids adventurous self said “YES, ABSOLUTELY!” before post-kids self had a chance to argue, so before I knew it, there I was trussed up like a chicken, about to hurtle to my inevitable doom.

Doodle of Beta Mummy doing a zip wire off the end of Bournemouth Pier. The harness is highly unflattering and there are almost definitely sharks circling beneath her. But she is wearing some lovely Hotter shoes, so it's all good.


Well, it was BRILLIANT!  So much fun, and I loved that forgotten buzz of doing something a bit mad.  I think that we mums do have a tendency to forget who we were before we had kids, and whilst it’s wonderful to accept the changes, it’s also great to make the effort to do things just for us, too.


The zip wire event was organised by Hotter Shoes, who were celebrating their Bournemouth store’s tenth birthday.  They paid me in shoes – these beautiful, lightweight, extremely comfy (and rather Alpha-Mummy, don’t you think?) Kendal boots, which incidentally are Gore-Tex, so they’d have been alright even if I had gone for a swim…  They also plied me with cocktails, although to be honest I could have done with a stiff drink or two BEFORE the zip wire, rather than afterwards!

And because I love to make people laugh, here are some crotch-showcasing, double chin-emphasising photos of myself zipping… You’re welcome.

Zip wire photos courtesy of @Waveslider_Photography


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  • Kara 29/04/2017 at 8:32 pm

    It took me ages to find my nerve again after having kids and every now and then I still need a nudge (or shove) in the right direction. Loved your choice of shoes and it feels good to be an alpha mummy, albeit briefly, doesn’t it??

    • Beta Mummy 29/04/2017 at 9:05 pm

      Absolutely! Perhaps I can transform into an Alpha Mum from the feet up! It was a fun evening, here’s to more boundary-pushing in the future… 🙂

  • The Hippy Christian Mum 29/04/2017 at 9:23 pm

    Haha! Only you could make me actually have to read a review post-what a title! Shoes are lush 😉

    • Beta Mummy 30/04/2017 at 7:39 pm

      I’m honoured! Yeah, I don’t normally do reviews, but make the odd exception, and try to make them enjoyable to read even for just my regular readers 🙂 T


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