To Thine own Self be True
When deciding on a course of action in life, I have generally leapt in with both feet.
‘Let’s go for this’!
Whether it’s a relationship, a business idea – deciding to be a digital nomad! Training for a race – or a big adventure.
In 2018 I ran across Spain without shoes – and nine months before the event I committed to the idea and jumped in ‘with both feet’, all the way to the ‘finish line’ in Almuñecar!
I’ve always believed that with full commitment we find out, whether it’s what we truly want.
I was a nomad for six years, and lived it as if it were for life; until it wasn’t…
I’ve been in London for two years now and I love it. I have embraced the lifestyle, the City and will do so until that changes – if it does!
On my birthday this year 2021 – I leapt into another barefoot adventure – to train to run from John O’Groats to Land’s End next May in aid of Crisis.
It felt right, and I committed wholly to the process.
It’s been four months now and the community and energy and joy that has been building around my quest is tangible.
My feet are stronger than ever, I am getting fitter.
I even raced the London Landmarks 1/2 marathon shoeless – this was a first!
People have been generously donating to Crisis without me having taken a step from John O’Groats!
But recently, increasingly the course of action – the enormity of 1000 miles barefoot – hasn’t been feeling right for my body or me…
And I want to be true to myself
It is said that the biggest death bed regret is living up to an expectation from outside, rather than being true to ourself…
And last week, I woke one morning and knew inside that another course of action had emerged.
Shorter adventures – more often – which allow for the community to keep building; the barefoot fun and engagement… For people to join in; to still raise money and awareness for the homeless.
But instead of starting the journey next May on my birthday… To finish it then.
And in between to run some barefoot adventures and create some fun and joy – and raise some money too.
But let the big plan go.
So – my first adventure in at the end of October – The South Downs way in five days – without my shoes!
The big plan brought me to here; to barefoot fun, to community – to spreading joy.
But most importantly it’s brought me to have to practise and honour what I teach
‘To thine own self be true’