My next challenge! It’s a jungle out there…

My next challenge! It’s a jungle out there…

Carol Vorderman shares all on why, as a woman of a CERTAIN age, she’s taking part in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

Well can you believe it? I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!! This year I have set myself so many interesting and exciting challenges, but I think this one takes the biscuit (not that I'll be having many of them over the next couple of weeks!)

I'm sure you are all familiar with me talking about how important I think it is that women of a CERTAIN age continue to push the boundaries and take on new challenges however big or small. Well, this is me doing something perhaps a little more extreme, but I feel like I am really flying the flag for all the 50+ women out there.

Apart from the very personal challenges I will face, not a huge fan of those creepy crawlies by the way, I truly hope that I will represent our gender and generation and do you all proud.

Starting my career on Countdown was really a stroke of luck and something that changed my life forever. And can you believe it all those years later I am still here, loving every opportunity that comes along and hopefully inspiring others and showing that women over 50 still have a relevant place in today's society, on TV or not.

So what are the lessons that I have learnt in life that I am going to take with me into this one? They are the same as always, the same as the ones I take with me when I am trying with the RAF cadets, when I am presenting in front of a live audience or meeting a group of new people.

Strive for greatness and approach everything with enthusiasm. I do believe that Success is subjective - much like beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So I always try and set myself goals to achieve when I am tasked with something new. Now they might not be the same as someone else's but that's the whole point. It only matters to me whether I achieve them so really it should be down to me to set them!

There is much to be said about having a positive mental attitude. Sometimes I think it is a blessing and sometimes I think it can be pretty hard to maintain. But there is definitely something to be said about enthusiasm. I might be quaking in my boots but I'm always going to give it my all with a big smile on my face. You'd be hard pressed to find someone to criticise you for that!

So as I take my slightly uneasy steps towards this latest, crazy, hilarious, tough challenge I do it with a smile and I do it knowing that hopefully it will inspire other women of a CERTAIN age out there to do something extraordinary as well.

Wish me luck!

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Great plans


I like that you just set targets you can achieve. I wish I could do that, but I think I am a dreamer and always wish for too much.

Good luck Carol

Carol 26/06/2017

Good luck with this Carol!

You Go Girl

Ruby 26/06/2017

It's only a number so good on you trying new things at our age. I've just taken up sewing again and love it. Sounds like you've given it lots of thought and sure you'll have a great time. Look forward to hearing about your adventures.

68 and counting

Natureneptune 25/06/2017

love the fact that you are still trying out new things---well SO AM I---just started scuba diving--and I have at least another 20 years on this planet-so I intend to march onward with a spring in my step---

well done

zoe 25/06/2017

good luck with your new venture

Carol Vorderman

Presenter, author, superwoman