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I'm Alive!

How often does the weather stop you? Have you said it’s too windy or too cold?

Years ago when I was working at WNBC news,  I took some vacation days and embarked on an adventure. I went bicycling through Ireland about 30 miles a day with a group of friends. We biked huge hills I was not quite prepared for.

The first night we got settled into our room and I turned on the television to see how different news was compared to the United States. On the TV was a man burying himself alive on purpose to break a world record set by his mother. For 150 days he would lay there underground not feeling the sun on his face. It disturbed me greatly that someone would choose to miss out on life.

The first day bicycling the rain poured down and the winds blew hard. If you stopped pedaling you could fall over or go backwards. The hills in Ireland felt like mountains. Part of me wasn’t sure I could do it but the man buried alive kept me going.

For all the rough weather, I was alive! I felt the rain and the wind and was upright. It drove me to keep going and that night I went to sleep smiling, proud of my accomplishment.

The rest of the week was beautiful, cool weather, great bed and breakfasts, beautiful scenery, and some challenging rides. But the man buried alive stuck with me.

It still stays with me. I visited with a friend this week and it came up in conversation. I went online and found the story. Geoff Smith was 37 and stayed 150 days underground to recapture his mother’s world record someone beat, but Guinness won’t recognize the record because it doesn’t want to encourage dangerous stunts.

I guess my point is whatever struggles you may have, sometimes just sitting outside with the rain, snow, sun, or wind on your face can make you feel tremendously alive!

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Kahlil Gibran, “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

If you are reading this online I will link the full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/229739.stm

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