Wednesday, August 18, 2010
150,000 reasons for inspiration...
You can't see it, but there are 150,000 other people in the photo above. Every single one of them inspired me to do things that I never thought I could.
150,000 Ohioans suffer from MS.
Today's post is about People - believing in them. Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in Bike MS Pedal to the Point - a 75 mile bike ride in Northeast Ohio to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. It was by far one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have done! I was fortunate enough to be among 2,300 other riders who were cycling in the 97-degree heat for the cause. It was awesome. For most of the ride all I could do was envision what it would feel like to cross the "finish line" - and the moment of accomplishment kept me going. Even more so, the most motivating thing of all happened before I even got on my bike at the starting line. A woman, who knew my family, introduced herself to me and said that we were riding for her and thanked us for what were doing. It was a very touching moment and was the inspiration that I needed to keep in mind as I completed the ride.
It's amazing how all people can affect your life. Those that you know well, those that you might never meet, and those that you just got introduced to - they all ultimately have an impact on how you motivate and inspire yourself and people around you. I never thought that I'd be able to do the bike ride, or have the desire to do it again, but the number 150,000 remains in the back of my mind and all I can think about is that I should start preparing for next year!
Let people inspire you. Strangers, friends, family, coworkers... They will all push you to do things you never thought you could if you open your heart and mind to the powerful bond that exists between us.
As of today it has been one year since I started The Daily Challenge. Thank you to all of the people who are reading and following this blog - whether or not you know it, you have kept me going and continue to inspire me to write more, smile more, and love more. Thank you.