Whoa! we are just over 100 days to run across Minnesota! It was just a few months ago, it seems like when our good friend Mr. John Storkamp said to me that “in a year from today you are going to be crossing the State buddy.”
One of the biggest doubts I had starting this project/dream was not about running this route, I would walk it if I have to, and I am sure I will do just that in some occasions, but if the project is going to have any impact in people’s lives, if it was going to make any difference in our communities, is this worth it? I hope it is. I hope that at the end of this journey, someone has chosen to improve her/his quality of live, just like I did myself. When I get to the end of the journey, I want to be able to look back and smile and at least in a way know that someone made the right choice to give life a chance, just like I did. Break the Stigma is here to stay and my dream is that it will continue to inspire people and make a positive mark in our societies around the globe.
I have decided to be as open and honest with my own Mental Illness and battles to hopefully inspire others that we are not alone and there is nothing, not one damn thing, to be ashamed of for having a condition that in no way determine who we are, and never will, unless we let it.
Even when I was struggling with my running just a month ago, I knew that sooner or later I would pick it up and I will be just fine for this run. I think I’ve done more progress with my running in the last 2 weeks than in the last 12 months. Funny, but I do feel alive. I love to run for the first time in 3 years.
Thank you everyone who has come along the ride from the very beginning, or just started to follow us and help us be who we are now. From Beth, whom with only two weeks of this project’s being launched, offered her professional help with articles and anything that I asked from her. To each one of the Board Members who have seen how difficult it is to work with a person like me at times, THANK YOU!
To everyone who volunteered to help us in our races’ aid stations, promoting the project and most importantly, to promote our message. Everyone who has taken the time to talk to me at the events that we have been in the last year, thank you for taking the time to share your experiences and passion for mental health awareness, and to every person wearing our gear. I am not going to lie; it does feel amazing to see people wearing something that promotes breaking the stigma of mental illness/health in public. All who have donated, including my 9 year old who once gave me ½ of his tooth fairy money for the project.
Last but not least: Break the Stigma has received many inquiries on how to get involved? Well, you can now contact us at email@example.com to learn more about ways to help.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!