Fierce? Maybe not.....Silly? Absolutely.
Strong? Yes. Stronger than I’ve ever been, body, mind, heart and soul.
I feel like I’m always making some kind of ridiculous face for pictures, it used to be a mask, because smiling was difficult, but lately, I make these silly faces because I’m actually just having a good time. I have a hard time taking myself to seriously at this point in my life, and I’m really grateful for that, I haven’t always been so carefree and lighthearted. One things for sure if you know me, I’m a lover not a fighter, and I hope that shows in most everything I do. But one thing I WILL always fight for? Is my mental health, and that of others. So today, in honour of that, I will run again in the Edgewood Run for Recovery to help raise awareness for mental illness and addiction.
I’m grateful to be addicted to health and wellness, and to be the healthiest I’ve ever really been, but I know there are others out there who struggle each and every day with their inner demons, mental illness and addiction. I have personally dealt with some very dark moments in my own life and I know all to well how truly alone and desperate you can feel.
I believe wholeheartedly that if I hadn’t discovered my deep passion for this active lifestyle, I would be in an entirely different place in my life and I can tell you right now, just the thought alone can give me anxiety. Finding the strength to push through and truly deal with your struggles is no easy feat, and society needs to continue to work hard towards a new age where mental illness is destigmatized, and a more understanding approach is taken with those struggling to cope with mental illness or addiction. It’s not a choice to be ill, and awareness of that must continue to grow.
So come out to Westwood Lake in Nanaimo tonight! Run for a great cause, enjoy the bbq, silent auction, bouncy castles, or even a dip in the lake! Let’s stay strong for those that can not find their strength just yet #runforrecovery #edgewood #staystrong #foragoodcause #mentalhealthawareness #addictionawareness #loveandcompassion #openyourheart #thankgodforfitness #flexfriday #strongereveryday #strongerthanever