I opened my eyes and thought is was pretty light outside for 5:00 AM.  The Sun must have gotten up even earlier I smiled to myself…then I rolled over and looked at my alarm.  6:04 AM.  That is what it read.  I jumped from my bed…’how can this be?’  It would appear I did not set my alarm last night before going to bed.  Now the funny thing is I am usually quite manic about this.  I will set it, wonder if I set it, then set it again.  So I would imagine somewhere in my head last night I was convinced that I did in fact set the silly thing.

The other option is that I did set it and at some point during the night I turned it off.

That’s okay…I can hit the gym after work today.

We ran trails last night down at Spanish Banks…my God, was it ever glorious!  The only thing I don’t like is that we have to warm up on a big hill….but once I get my heart rate up and convince my body that running up the side of a mountain (I am exaggerating) is good for it…then I settled into this fabulous canter through the woods.  I just love how it smells as well.  The earthy scent, the perfume from the trees and bushes.  Absolute heaven!

I am very fortunate in that I have been chosen to participate in Rick Hansen’s 25th Anniversary Relay commemorating his achievements over the past quarter century.  For those of you not familiar with Rick Hansen, he was injured in an automobile accident when he was a teenager and confined to a wheelchair.  Inspired by Terry Fox, whom I am certain most have heard of and is another hero of mine, Rick decided in 1986 to wheel around the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness and funding for spinal cord research.  The trek was called ‘The Man In Motion” tour  and he traveled some 40,000 km over the course of a year around the world.  The song ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ was written for Rick as well.

When Rick Hansen left there was a small gathering at Oakridge Mall which is located at Cambie and 41st in the City.  Like Terry Fox before him, I made it a point to tune into the newshour to see how he was faring.  As Rick continued on his trek, the crowds he was drawing were bigger and bigger.  By the time he hit the East coast of Canada the momentum really began to explode and when Rick made his way back into Vancouver (I am tearing up bit now at the memory of it) the streets were lined ten fold to welcome him home.

He is also one of the most humble and gracious individuals ever to step into the spotlight to promote his cause.  During the 2010 Olympics I was at the opening ceremony for the Para0lympics.  Rick was a big part of that and homage was paid to Terry Fox as well, someone Rick really looked up to and admired.  These two fine individuals were definitely cut from the same cloth.  Despite their afflictions they both chose to challenge themselves and the world around them.  They both rose to the occasion and surpassed it.

So I feel blessed that I was chosen to be a part of this extraordinary celebration.  I am only running 250 metres, but that’s okay.  Even if it was one step…I would still want to participate and honour this cause and the giant of a man who initiated it.

I was thinking how we project ourselves to world.  I am able bodied, I always have been and yet, for many years I was ‘disabled’ in how I presented myself to the world.  Because of the emotional fractures in my life and how they had left me a in state where I really just could not cope…this affected my physical body in a big way as well.

I have had so many people touch my life in a positive way, particularly in this past year.  And I realize that my heart is made up of the mosaic of love that has been afforded to me from all the good people I have met in my lifetime.

What do I want to project now?

I want project acceptance, love, tolerance, peace, friendship…and the list could go on.

So as I am running my 250 metres this Friday, that is what I hope to be putting out to the world around me.

Enjoy your day everyone and thanks for checking in.




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