Welcome to a slightly different version of my faves! This week I am not sharing “things” but rather moments that have inspired and touched me this week. I really hope you’ll read and be inspired as well!
Okay, so maybe I didn’t love the outcome of the election, but that is not my point at all!
In high school, I had a teacher who loved politics. Her passion for it was evident and made us, as teens, excited about elections as well. We had a mock election complete with debates, campaigns and campaign managers the same year the federal election was happening. She brought in the local candidates to speak to us and we followed along with the election in every way. We weren’t even old enough to vote, but we learned that it was our duty, our honour and was not to be taken lightly.
This year, I was so excited to see J’s kindergarten teacher hold an election in his class. They talked about what voting meant and how it is important to use their voices. They voted twice: once based on the logos of each party and then once based on who they thought looked like a good leader. Actual policy wasn’t discussed since they are 4 and 5 years old, but they used a real ballot box and everything!
That night, Anson and I took J with us to vote. It was really neat to see him understand at the age of 5 what was happening and why it was important.
Whether the outcome of an election is exactly how we want is irrelevant if we don’t take advantage of our freedom to vote! If you didn’t vote– please know that your voice is important and speak up with your vote next time!
BIG’S BACKYARD ULTRA
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, just move on or watch this video that explains this race:
I followed this race last year and was excited to follow this year as well. This weekend I found myself refreshing twitter like crazy hoping for an update even though I knew they would only really come once an hour!
A well known Canadian ultra runner, Dave Proctor, was running and I found myself engrossed in how he was doing as if it was the Olympics! He ended up finishing in third place (even though there are technically no places awarded…. only one finisher) and wrote an amazing recap of his run here.
Watching runners compete in events that I can’t even imagine doing always inspires me, so my next thing I’m loving goes right along with that!
MY FRIEND, CHRIS, DEFEATS THE ODDS WITH HIS 5K
I have known Chris my entire life (for real!).
He was the first person I ever knew who ran a marathon (or any race, for that matter!). I still remember him telling me how he went ahead on his long run route and tossed water bottles along the way. He was the first person I ever talked about running with, the first person to give me tips and the first person I ever went for a run with.
In 2013, Chris came to visit us in Malta twice. He and Anson went scuba diving and even took a trip to Egypt together to dive the Red Sea.
In April of that year, I ran my second half marathon and Chris was there cheering me on from the sidelines.
Just a few weeks after that race, we ended up back in Canada and Chris went back to work in the non-profit world as he had been. I’ll never forget the room in Ajax that I was standing in when Cathy, Chris’ sister, called me and told me that Chris had been attacked in Thailand.
His journey has been long and isn’t mine to properly share, so please click here for his story!
This last weekend Chris got back on the race circuit and completed the 5k at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. His courage and strength is truly inspiring; yet, his message to me after his race was this:
Like I have always said, we are cut from the some cloth. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Thanks, Chris, for always believing in me!
What has inspired YOU this week? I hope you’ll share because we can all use a lot more good in this world!