The experience of running 30 to 40 miles a day for 6 days a week and 4 months in total, was not an easy one. I am reminded that dreams are way beyond ourselves and for us to achieve them, each step forward is key. The toughest dreams are not that involve the body more than the spirit or those that involve the spirit more than the body. The toughest dream are those that pushes your body and mind and soul to the limit in equal measure.
I was pushed like I have never been pushed before and each moment I would feel pain or suffer in the heat of New Jersey and the mosquito bites at the parking lot of Walmart, I would go down my knees and ask God,.."What plan do you have for me on this journey?" And sometime I would be reminded that, this journey is not about you, you are just but a vessel carrying the message on human trafficking.
My 3,700 miles journey was not without drama and misfortune. We set out with a minimal amount of money and our van broke down a record ten times between Maine and New York. I had a lot to worry about in regard to my overall health and focus on this great inspiring journey. Therefore worries on the breaking down of the van, which doubled up as my bedroom and supplier of nutrition during the journey, was one of the last things on my worry list.
Our troubles had started early when Beats and I-Tunes shelved their sponsorship deals citing legal battle against Monster. This prompted us to make a quick arrangements by setting up a Go-Fund me page and a spaghetti dinner to at least raise some money to support the trek. We were unable to raise enough money to take us beyond Washington D.C. After communicating our concerns, Bedard Pharmacy in Auburn, Maine, came on board by providing a van for the remainder of the trip beyond Washington D.C.
Sadly, we couldn't find anyone to volunteer driving the van across the country and our progression ended there. However, the 3,700 miles run continued back in Auburn. I stayed consistent running between 30 to 40 miles each day even though I was unable to raise any money. The $500 that we had, was committed and handed over to the Police Athletics League which was to be the main beneficiary.
I had a dream of running across the country and I feel that I under achieved since most of the plans didn't materialize. My hope is not lost because I fully understand the meaning and purpose of doing something greater than myself. Life is way bigger than all of us and our dreams contribute to making life interesting and inspiring. I look forward for any other challenge that will be to benefit less fortunate in the society or those that have been marginalized.
I have since enrolled as a student at the University of Maine at Farmington, and am engaged in peer mentoring and visiting schools and community centers to not only share my story but to also have a one on one chat with our young people discussing the barriers that they have before them and how they can overcome them. I am very much open to any invitation, especially those geared towards inspiring and motivating people of all ages. I believe that for any change to take place, there must be a deliberate effort dedicated towards sensitization and educating our young people and helping them to build on a firm foundation, for tomorrow will be their day to sit in our absence.
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