I have recently completed a goal that I started over a year ago and I would like to share that with you.
Now I am not a professional that I can give of myself like a doctor or lawyer and help make a difference to human-kind. I am not one of the people on the ground who serve Amnesty International and go into places like Syria, Saudi, Iraq, Burma and even outback Australia, who put their lives on the line to make the rest of us aware of the indecencies, the injustices and the harm that can come to our fellow human beings.
The lovely group of like-minded people supporting Amnesty International!
I am, however, someone who has been able to donate for over 8 years to help Amnesty with their causes and I truly believe in what they do. So with this in mind I replied to an email they sent me last year asking if I would be interested in helping them raise funds by taking part in the Hike the Homelands campaign on the Larapinta Trail outside of Alice Springs, in July 2015.
The information both intrigued and scared me. I knew I could walk to help people but it scared me because how could I, with a recovering knee injury, walk 65 kilometres? And I knew nothing about fund-raising. I dragged my heels trying to decide and then the trip filled up. Well that was lucky, there was no room so now I didn't have to decide.
We brought a year's worth of preparation with us!
Then I received a second email. There was a lot of response so they opened up a second trip. Well, I knew I had to go, put my fears away and just do it. So I signed up because I knew, really, all I had to do was walk.
I spent a year fund-raising and learning about what I had inside of me. I learnt a lot, including things I did well, things I was lacking in and things I had to shake my head at but I met my goals and then the time came to actually walk my walk.
It was so amazing to be here!
Along with the fund raising, I trained. I walked farther and farther, loving the process and sometimes pushing myself to the point of injury, which now takes longer to heal. But I did and I kept going, kept moving and was finally rewarded for all my efforts.
It was time to walk!
It was time to meet in Alice Springs where we would be introduced to our travelling companions, head out with guides into the desert, sleep in swags under the stars, and traverse 65 kilometres of the Larapinta Trail over 5 days. We walked during the Australian winter where some of the nights were quite cool but the days were sensational.
This week was one of the best things I have ever done. Not only did we raise a significant amount of money to help Amnesty but we also got to spend time with like-minded people which brings you closer to your soul. Some brought their own challenges and conquered them. Some found new challenges and their inner strength, some left us all in awe of their abilities and some just plain found themselves out on that trail, myself included.
You can find your strength!
It was a life changer and I urge you to take up a cause, work toward something that makes your heart sing, that makes you glad you are alive and part of something special.
You will love what you can find inside of yourself!