This time of year inspires us. We know it’s time to climb off our sofas, step out of our fluffy socks, move away from the hot chocolate, and get outdoors and wake-up! We know because we feel it. Just as the blossom blooms and the flowers start to smile, so we gently spring into life ourselves. Like nature around us, we feel the awakening of energy and feelings of revival, and that means getting rid of the old stagnant winter state and clearing out some space for the new season and planning all the amazing things you want to do.
The notion of a spring clean can be found all over the world, where the seasons matter; Iranians practise “khooneh tekouni” which means “shaking the house” – everything is cleaned – curtains, furniture, the Catholic Church thoroughly cleans the altar, North Americans traditionally clean this time of year when you can have the windows open before the onset of insects and bugs…
This weekend I am excited, yes excited by the prospect of doing the same. Getting my house in order.
I’m also excited about getting my personal house in order. It’s a good time to muse, meditate, whatever you would like to call it, about what is truly working for you, and what just isn’t. It can be hard to look at that sometimes, as it can mean complicated answers, perhaps solutions that are difficult to find or to practically reach, but deep down, in that subconscious self we know what we need to do, it’s just whether we chose to listen and act.
Spring is a good time to focus as we begin to feel inspired by the colours around us, the weather, the wildlife. It’s a great time to book onto that course you’ve been meaning to do, paint that fence, finish that book, get those running shoes on. Today I felt more inspired than most days, not just because of the sunshine and daffodils but also because of a person I met.
Dave Reading. He’s a runner. He’s not just a runner. He’s a former soldier who has decided to raise money for an amazing worthwhile cause called ‘Walking With The Wounded’, by running from Lands’ End to John O’Groats. In 8 days. Yes, 8 days. That is 100 miles a day. He explained how he might get 4 hours sleep a night if he is lucky, and how he must eat pretty much constantly to make sure his body doesn’t simply, well, in layman’s terms, eat his own muscles.
So why is he doing it?
‘Walking With The Wounded’ is a local charity, with national recognition, who help soldiers after they have been wounded whilst at work in the military. Dave spoke from the heart about this cause, he knows it, he lived it. His buddy and former colleague, on this trip following his progress from the van on camera for social media, broke his back when he decided not to let off his emergency parachute because he knew that the flying pack from the first parachute which ejects may hit his friends above him, he chose to take his chances on a free fall, and broke his back instead.
So yes, what to do after all of that. Well of course escaping death, then trauma in hospital, long slow rehabilitation, followed by a loss at what to do with your life next, is a somewhat thorny road for a young man. That’s where ‘Walking With The Wounded’ come in. Raising money, and raising the profile of these incredibly capable people, attempting to find them jobs, careers, lives.
So that’s why Dave is running 837 miles. When I get up tomorrow and Spring Clean My Body with my 5k run he will be inspiring me on! To support Dave go to… https://www.facebook.com/endtoendrunningchallenge.