Believe in all that is POSSIBLE

“Life is a gift to all of us. It isn’t always easy and some challenges seem too great to manage – but we are all worth the decision to try. And we need to believe in all that is possible.”

 

I will be taking part in the London Marathon this Sunday, 22nd April 2018, joining a group of thousands running for themselves, in memory of others and to raise money for various charities.

Many won’t have run a marathon before and could never have contemplated taking on that kind of distance – all 26.2 miles of it. However, something inside said that they wanted to try and they believed it was possible. I have taken part in this distance previously, but many years ago and before the children arrived. It feels like it could be the first time all over again.

For me, it will be Challenge 14 of The 29 Challenge and it felt like it was an important distance to complete. In amongst the 10k’s and Half Marathon’s it will be the longest distance that I take on in my goal to raise £29,000 for Mind – The Mental Health Charity. Imagine sharing the message of The 29 Challenge as widely as possible, reaching at least 29,000 people and them all donating £1.

The journey to get to this point has been full of lots of different emotions. There have been days where I haven’t wanted to run and days where I have thought I could have kept going and going. There have been days that haven’t gone to plan; where work commitments have got in the way, illness has occurred, or injury has said you need some time-out. That’s life. But nothing has made me question what I am doing and why I am doing it.

I do know that I am more respectful of my body and of my mind in the process. I am respectful of the distances that I am running and I appreciate the opportunity of being able to take part in every race. And I appreciate the help, encouragement and donations that I have had along the way.

So as I wait to embark on the London Marathon and as I take each and every step of the 26.2 miles, I’ll be doing it for a reason that is important. If it helps one person believe in themselves and all that is possible for them, then it will have been worth it. If it leads to one person reaching out for help if they need it, then it will have been worth it. If it helps to support Mind in the continuing work that they do, then it will be worth it.  I know for sure that it is definitely worth it.

Life is a gift to all of us. It isn’t always easy and some challenges seem too great to manage – but we are all worth the decision to try. And we need to believe in all that is possible.

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