I tried to be normal, but when that didn’t work I decided to just be me. It has always been hard from a young age striving. When I was five I ran home from school downed a large glass of milk and I explained to my mom how I won every competition at ‘fun day’. With a milk mustache I spoke of the bean bag race and jump rope comp. Needless to say I was an odd child who has grown into a strange adult. So much of my life I attempted to hide my energy because it seemed out of control.
Though these days I have seen what I have been able to accomplish in reasonably short expanses of time and I have to question, ‘why doesn’t everyone else push themselves a bit more’. I have always been questioned and told certain things are not possible and to slow down. What if I don’t want to slow down, what if in fact I want to speed my pace go beyond what I thought was humanly possible even for me. What if I can use my fire and passion to achieve new dreams. When I speak of the recent around the island run, people have said that I am like Forrest Gump. Along with my many projects I am planning 3 massive runs for next year 2016:
(1) May Ireland 1380km
(2) August Bali to Jakarta to Batam 1500km
(3) December Bangkok to Chiang Mai 700km
I discussed the runs with Green who works on the social project with me and I explained the mission. We came up with the following Tagline: “It’s not about the run, ITS ABOUT LIFE’. I want to encourage people through these runs to push the boundaries of their lives to be the change they want to see in the world. So that they can venture off to new horizons beyond their comfort zone. Why? Because EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! This time though I will be more prepared. I start working with a running coach on Monday and have someone helping with my nutrition. Everyone keeps telling me about how I am going to get injured and how I should do smaller distances and how I should not dream so big. We all have a choice as to how we CREATE OUR FUTURE. It begins with intention then action. I run now because I love being able to see myself grow with every step I take. The road is not pretty, I lost two toenails this morning. As my fav poem says, “I took the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference’. Robert Frost