Sunday, October 13, 2013

"You Must...For Others!"

My mind is still spinning from yesterday's Miles for Melanoma walk in honor of Amanda & Corey.  I can not describe exactly what this day stirred in me (too deep, too complex for words...at this point), but Herman Melville summed it up for me when he said, "We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects."

I'd like to just stop there with the writing, post my pics, and wrap it up with a song...because I'm afraid I won't be able to relay to you the experience of yesterday.

But...I'm not going to do that.  Ya know why? Well, really for many reasons, but most of all, because I just said the word afraid...and when I notice fear come up, my first response is to avoid or hide. For me, fear equals "time to escape".  

I almost did that with this walk....I was asked to speak at the event, to tell my story.  And my first thought was, "No way!  I can't do that.  I'm too scared." At this point in my life, I recognize this crapy anxiety, know that it's fear, and I know (intellectually) what to do about it...
I wish it were that easy, but it's not for me.  So, I run these things by a very wise woman (Hi Kendra!)who says to me after I explain that I have been asked to speak at the walk, "Well, it's not about you.  You have to do this for others.  Be of service. Suit up and show up."

BAM!  Right then, I knew I was responding with a big, fat YES, and that I'd be speaking, whether I was comfortable or not.  

See, one of the many awful things about fear and anxiety, is that it keeps you small, and in self....me, me, me.  These kinds of opportunities take you out of ME and into WE..a MUCH better place to be!

Below you can see the WE...
The WE was glorious.  The WE was connected.  The WE was divine feeling, exhilarating, moving! 









My life is forever changed after meeting the families of Amanda and Corey.  I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to spend time with them, show up for them and others, speak, walk with them, and all who were there in support of this magical event.

You can learn more about Amanda and Corey in the video below...


This day will never be forgotten, and neither will these young women.  We continue to speak out, to educate, to tell our stories (even in the face of fear)...to honor them and with the hope that we will save lives doing so.



And so I ask myself this:




And the answer is this...I would speak out about melanoma, to everyone, everywhere, no matter how big the crowd, to help make change!

#f*ckfear  #speak  #outofmeandintoWE



And a HUGE thank you to all of you who donated to the walk!!!!!

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