Well we did it, we completed our final 10K to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice. I think Mark and I both found this one particularly difficult. It was a really warm day with zero breeze. However, York was the most perfect and beautiful location. This time my Mum walked the 10K, a big challenge for her as she’s riddled with arthritis and hasn’t had any proper exercise in a while. In the end, we all felt a huge sense of achievement. Especially Mark and I as we’d run all three of the 10K’s.
Altogether, Team Tink has so far managed to raise £2,089.01 (£2,533.73 with gift aid) we’re so pleased with the total but, if you haven’t already sponsored us, there’s still time! Just think, each £250 raised pays for a weekend of respite care for a family who has a child with a life threatening/life limiting illness. Being on the other end, I can’t express to you how valuable that is.
It was also very special as a couple of days after the run marked the first anniversary of Keara’s death.
What a difficult year it’s been. I can honestly say it’s been the hardest year of my life. I miss her terribly, but losing her and the time passed has taught me so much.
First, Perspective; I think I can now see the things in life that are truly worth the worry and effort. This is most evident in my relationships. My family mean the world to me. However, I’ve noticed that some of my friendships seem to have become more distant like awkward acquaintances . I’m wondering if these people have their own unresolved issues about bereavement or feel uncomfortable talking to me. They shouldn’t I’m still me. Having said that other friendships have flourished. It’s amazing what a difference it makes when you receive a text message from a friend letting you know they’re thinking about you, and acknowledging that you’re in pain and that they care.
My daughter and husband are my universe. I’m in wonder of Holly for every milestone that she reaches, and I’m always bursting with pride for her. I cherish every birthday of my loved ones, ever excited as if it was my own. Having watched my mum lose her daughter, I will observe every birthday of my own daughter’s with joy, excitement and with a huge smile upon my face.
Second, Patience; I don’t seem to be in so much of a hurry these days. I now find impatient people quite irritating.
Third, Frugality; Money seems quite dull in comparison to the amazing relationships I have. I loathe materialism for the sake of it (give me an afternoon playing in the sunshine with my beautiful daughter and nephews any day).
Fourth, Fearless; I’m up for trying things that I’ve been scared of and discovering new passions in my life. I’m also finding that I’m caring less about what unimportant people in my life think. (blog post coming up about a fear I’m overcoming)
Fifth, Faith: I think I’d have cracked up without it!
Although Keara has gone, she still teaches me so much, I’m forever thankful for my relationship with her. So here’s to moving forward, with lots of silliness, excitement and fun and remembering how lucky I am to have had her in my life.