Monday, June 8, 2009
Who would have thought I would be where I am today? Never in a millions years did I think I would develop a life altering disease and never in a billion years did I think that this very disease would introduce me to the most amazing people and crazy adventures.
On Sunday June 7th I participated in a 5k Mud Run with the group from Connected in Motion. I know for sure that if this was last year I would have never even thought of participating in something so extreme and out of the box. I often kept to myself and did very little outside from hanging out with my friends and watching movies. I now think, " what a boring life! " I feel like for eighteen years I wasn't really living. I didn't know that there was these great events, amazing people and just fun adventures just around the corner from me. I feel like everyone who is just sitting at home, thinking about the next party to go to needs to think about other options that just give you the best rush and sense of accomplishment out there!
I must say that if I hadn't met Chloe Steepe, (found of Connected in Motion) I wouldn't have been introduced to the different events and adventures out there. I know that being diagnosed with diabetes immediately got me motivated to help, inspire and educate but it didn't immediately make me want to run a 5k or anything of that nature. Chloe is a very active person and just looking at her pictures makes you want to just get out there and jump, dive, walk, run, swim, canoe and climb. She has really inspired me to get out there and try new things. I know that a new ritual that I have is going on adventurous walks with Clinton, climbing the trees, crawling up hills, going through paths. I have really started to love the outdoors and pushing myself to go harder, faster and become stronger not only physically but mentally.
Not only have I crawled through the mud on my 5k run but during that whole experience I met really great people that share something in common with me, DIABETES! They all were the most friendly people that I have ever met and I felt welcomed as soon as I met each and everyone of them. I am so fortunate to have been able to meet such amazing people.