Have you ever missed an opportunity? What if you had seen it coming? Would you have done anything differently? Some opportunities occur only once. Such is the case with turning 40. Most may not view the year they turn 40 as an opportunity. In fact, it's the age associated with the infamous mid-life crisis and many perceive reaching this age as a negative. But, what if moving toward and beyond that milestone was turned into something that could be a positive and life-defining moment?
This is the question I shall face in 2016. It will be my 40th year of life - the year where too many feel that life is closer to being over than beginning. The age which seems to differentiate being a "young" man and getting "old". I have chosen to see this event as a chance to do something significant; that will forever stand out in my life. In my mind, turning 40 isn't a negative. If we are being intentional about taking care of ourselves, then we can view age as nothing more than a number that speaks to our time on this earth. It has no bearing on our ability to live vibrantly, passionately, and in continual pursuit of our own personal greatness.
So, how have I decided to do this? What have I challenged myself to achieve in 2016 that will markedly define what turning 40 means to me? How do I intend to make this upcoming year a highlight of the legacy I want to leave behind for my children - to inspire them and to show that their dad didn't want to be average, but wanted to do something great and in doing so made the attempt to set and pursue a truly challenging personal goal?
"Most people think greatness or being great is external to themselves, that it's something you acquire or add on. That is not true. Greatness is something that is unearthed and cultivated from within." - Lewis Howes
The "Year of 40" will begin in earnest on January 2nd with the Color Vibe 5K. From there, my weekends will be pretty packed with having to average over three races a month! (Hopefully some, if not all of my family will be joining me for a few!) Fortunately, most will be local so no travel will be required - but there will likely be a few races that will require hitting the road regionally and an overnight stay. If you'd like to keep up with me during this journey, then check back here as I'll post updates while training and after events. I'll also be sharing over on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, so follow me there to stay up to date!
How can you help?
First and foremost, prayers from brothers and sisters in Christ would be the best and most important thing I could receive. Accomplishing this task will push me beyond my personal physical and mental abilities.
Second, it would be pretty amazing if any of you who are local to any of the races I'll be doing, would choose to run with me or come out and cheer me on as a spectator.
Third, though the physical and mental challenge of this journey will be the biggest obstacles to overcome, there will also be the challenge of meeting the entry costs and occasional travel and accommodation expenses associated with forty races! I'm not sure how it would work, or if it's possible, but if you know of any businesses or organizations that would be interested in sponsoring me for any race please have them contact me HERE.
Also, I'd like to be able to use this "grand adventure" as an opportunity to raise funds for non-profit organizations local to the Chatham and Effingham County areas. If you are affiliated with a non-profit in either of these locations and this is something your organization would be interested in, please contact me HERE.
You can check out the race schedule HERE!