Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Kids: My Motivation

I love that my kids have taken an interest in my walking. They ask me to walk them to school. They give me encouragement when they see me put on my "walking gear". My daughter recognizes the pink ribbon as a symbol of my walking. My son has told me in no uncertain terms that this year I should not skip the last big hill. I may just have to take his advice on that one.

My daughter just turned 5 and my son is 7. They are such a big part of why I decided to walk last year and why I have chosen to do it again this year. They need to see that one person can make a difference in the world. They need to see that with determination almost anything is possible. But more than that, I want them to grow up in a world where there are fewer diseases for them to worry about, and where they never have to face breast cancer themselves or in a loved one.

When I get sidetracked by life (a lot of that has happened this month), I try to recapture my excitement and energy for my walking and fundraising by looking at my kids. We tend to spend our energy on things that we have a personal connection with. We need to see the "what's in it for me?". To a certain extent, this event is a very selfish thing I'm doing. I'm trying to protect myself from this disease. I'm trying to protect my mom from a recurrance of this disease. I'm definitely trying to protect my kids.

I'm reminded of the many children who were out on the route last year, even in the pouring rain, to cheer us on! They brought smiles to my face, and helped to keep me going. I want to protect each and every one of them.

So take a moment to look at the children in your life: Your sons and daughters, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, your cousin's kids, the kids down the block. If you can, please help me make the world a better place for all of them by donating to my walk today.

(4/10/11) 3.1 miles in 58 minutes
Total miles walked this year: 71.2

Training: 1 hour water aerobics

Training: 1 hour water aerobics

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