It may be a figure of speech but when you join hearts and hands with those who care, anything is possible. I have never drifted through life, I am a determined individual; when I know what I want, I go after it, sew the seeds of success, and work hard to achieve it. Going with the flow of life just isn’t a part of who I am. You’ll usually find me looking for challenges, seeking ways to make positive change and diving into unknown situations. Embracing a new journey into the unknown excites me! I am driven by 3 philosophies; know more today about the world than I knew yesterday, lessen the suffering of others, and stay hungry. Partly, why I am riding across America. 4,246 miles may seem a lot. I know, it sounds surreal to me, still. But, I have never been one to get intimidated by the size of a task. Perhaps, this is why I enjoy being a nurse, have compassion in caring for the sick, feed starving children, love orphans and treat the injured in disaster zones. For some, it can seem overwhelming. For me, I embrace it and love every minute. As with any journey, it begins with a single step. Like most things unimaginable, if you start chipping away at it with time and patience, a goal becomes more manageable or obtainable. This is how I see it.
How many times have you heard me say that “I can, and I will?.” When I have a vision, and see the possibilities there is no stopping me. Last year, *it* hit me, I came up with a vision of riding my bike across the country to bring AEDs to communities, and to raise heart awareness. Moments thereafter, I sent an email to AED.com inviting them on my journey, and they graciously jumped onboard. And, just like that, I had all the motivation I needed. When *it* (these thoughts) hit me, I run with it. Some people might call *it* an idea, others call *it* imagination. Some people might even venture to call *it* divine inspiration. I don’t always know what to make of *it* but, I have learned that if you wait too long pondering on a thought, it is easy to lose focus, and people start to find creative ways to change your mind. How many of you can relate to that? This is why I run with *it.* Riding 80-110 miles a day, 6 days a week for 7 weeks will no doubt, be exhausting. I anticipate many highs and lows. It is a commitment, and I am all in. For the past 8 months, I have been training, waking up at ungodly hours and challenging myself daily. Every day of riding has been an adventure. I love those days when I get a good tail wind but not so much when I have flat tires, find myself stranded in hot temperatures and don’t have all the tools necessary to get back on the trail. I know. I am learning as I go. It’s exciting to connect with people on these rides, it’s a sense of camaraderie and I love this. I really am getting out of it, what I put into it. With 3 months left, I have a lot of work to do, logistics to sort out, and I really do need to step up my game. It isn’t advisable to wake up one morning and go out to ride 596 miles (like I did on the San Francisco to Santa Monica ride). Well, 4 rides in and I was on my way. This is much different. It is as much mental training as physical. First, I convince myself that I am embarking on a series of day trips. It does no good to anticipate the Rockies while still smelling the salt air of the Atlantic, or to think about the East if leaving from the West. It starts with one foot in front of the other, one rest stop to another, one day at a time, and one state before the next. That’s the essential mind game. And, it is not about me. It is about a great cause worthy of our attention; raising heart awareness and bringing AEDs to communities. This is what fuels me. Tho, no one person can do it, this is why I want to bring people together across the nation, connect and join hands with you along the way and all the way to the finish. I am giving 100% of my effort; with unflinching determination. Your generosity, encouragement and support will give me the fuel I need to succeed. Together, we can move mountains.