With our nose very often into our savings rate, asset allocation and the market behaving bad, there is a risk of loosing perspective. A few weekends back, I participated in a charity run. The profit goes to cancer treatment.
With the sickness sneaking closer and closer to friends and family, I was instantly motivated to participate. This way, I felt that at least I could help a bit. Next to being there and listening to the persons that have the disease, there is little we can do.
The event is actually a big nation wide initiative with local events. It also becomes a good family happening. I took the kids there on Saturday afternoon. They also did a small running tour, watched a dance performance, got clown and princess make up, jumped on inflatable castles. They loved it.
Later that evening, I returned to do my share of running for the team. The idea is that each team has during 24 hours always someone on the move. You can get your run or walks sponsored by friends and as such raise money. At different moments, people testify on their fight against the disease. One such a special occasion is the candle ceremony. The whole trail is the lit by candles.This is such a nice setting to run!
As there were some gaps open, I also did a one hour walk from 6am – 7am. Very quiet.
During the testimonials there was a very serene atmosphere and a lot of people thinking about people they know… Despite the relative cold, there was a warm feeling. An experience that will stay. For sure, I will be back next year.
For me, the real heroes are less the midnight runners. It are the people that fight and find the continuous the energy to live. The key lesson for me is that life needs to be enjoyed now and that small things matter.