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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What an inspiration

Kimberley 26/03/2017

I already feel inspired Carol. You are beautiful and not scared to take a leap in life. No wonder you always look good. It's not just women in their 50s you've inspired. I think these days age is how you feel. I'm in my mid 30s and sometimes I always feel scared to try new things but reading your article has made me realise that sometimes it's good to live a little, to live a lot. I'm going to do everything so I can inspire my children as well. Good luck in the jungle. We will cheer for you.

luck

khyrul 25/03/2017

let me win lol

PMA all the way

Hayley 22/03/2017

Good for Carol taking the plunge to do something that extreme and not let age put her off, I thought she was fantastic in the jungle and put some of the younger celebs to shame. Just goes to show how much help a positive attitude can be. A lot of the time finding motivation can be half of the challenge. Well done Carol

good luck

20/03/2017

so brave id be far to scared i really hope you enjoy the experiance cant wait to watch :)

Your challenge

Andrea 15/03/2017

Wishing you every success in it so brave to take on the bugs YUK