is participating to honor:
Why am I doing this?
We’ve all lost something - time, people, things. When we lose something, I think too often, we try and replace it. It’s only natural, it’s something that meant a lot to us. In a weirdly sad way, Alzheimer’s is kind of beautiful that way; You spend your whole life creating and building a life you don’t want to lose, only to forget all of it. In the end, the disease forces you to exist in the moment right in front of you, not bogged down with regrets or the loss of yesterday. Ironically, that’s how we should be living anyways.
While you may not agree, I think R.M Drake said it perfectly, "Tragedies will always be found in the things we love. And if we are not willing to see the beauty in losing something that means the world to us, then imagine how terrible it will be to live for them. We should welcome the end of all things. For sometimes, knowing nothing lasts forever, is the only way we can learn to fall in love with all the moments and all the people that are meant to take our breath away."
I know my grandpa would agree. He was a force of life and surely lived every day with the kind of joy, gusto, and pride that I strive to live mine each day. His passion was helping others. Instead of aiming to replace him and fill an unattainable void, every year on the Longest Day I choose to carry his torch and do what he lived and loved each moment doing.
So, while I don’t have the powers to cure diseases, I do have the power to lend my helping hand and bring together a wonderful group of humans to honor, celebrate, and uplift the lives of those suffering, or have passed, from Alzheimer’s. If you can’t do great things, then you can surely do small things in a great way. This is my small way.
Why should you do this?
For starters, I’ll be there. That should motivate at least four people to show up… looking at you, Mom. For everyone else, it’s obviously a great cause, you’ll get a workout in, you’ll be fed, it’s convenient (most of you live close), and you get to hang out with some awesome people, so the real question is… why wouldn’t you?
If you don’t live in DC, not to worry! Same deal as before, you can participate from wherever in the world you are! OR you can take a trip to DC! All you’d need to do is take a spin class on June 23rd and sport some purple attire [FYI - when you sign up to cycle, they give you a t-shirt]. Of course, I’ll also need a picture. But seriously, I do, because you better believe I’m making another well curated slideshow.
All the XOXO,
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