As I promised you, this is the first of the weekly postings as I look back at the walk across Canada that began 20 years ago today. So here we go!
This is it. Day number one in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
After seven months of training, today the distance really starts to mean something.
Looking out at the Atlantic Ocean from the little harbour at Quidi Vidi, (pronounced Kiddy Viddy) just outside St. John’s, I was thinking to myself ‘You know, it’s closer to Ireland than it is to Vancouver.’ What am I doing here? I’m not an athlete. I’m just an ordinary dad.
Ahead of me there is more than 8,000 kilometres of highway linking Canada’s east and west coasts. I thought the job would take 275 days – but that was just a ‘best guess.’
When I looked out at the Atlantic Ocean, I asked myself three things. Is this journey personally meaningful to me? Is it challenging enough? And, while I know I’m committed to this project, what happens if I don’t make it because Canada is a very big place.
When the answer to those questions came up as three green lights in my mind, I knew I was ready to go.
Is there a project in your life that you have wanted to tackle for some time? Whether it’s a little project or a really big project, what’s holding you back?
Is that project on the drawing board, and, if it isn’t – should it be?
Stay tuned. The journey continues……