For those of you that know me, "I am okay finishing last" is not something that you would ever expect to hear from me. To say I have a competitive streak is an understatement, although I usually do a decent job of keeping it hidden nowadays. Ever since I was young, I did not like to lose: whether it be in a living room basketball game with my neighbor or playing organized sports. This drive has made me successful in both my personal and professional life thus far.
However, when thinking about the World Marathon Challenge during the numerous "lonely" hours spent running or walking around San Francisco in 2014, I realized that even if I do finish "last" I won't be finishing last at all because I dared to do something that most people view as impossible. The spirit to take on challenges that others view as unthinkable or "crazy" is one of the greatest things I have learned since moving to the Bay Area over 6 years ago. While society can force a certain definition of success on us, I have watched many of my friends disregard that pathway and follow their own dreams. Success in my mind is having the courage to leave a huge corporation and start a company of your own, or to turn down a high paying job to instead follow a passion for changing American education one school district at a time.
I hope everyone takes an opportunity to finish "last" by following their own dreams that others are skeptical of. You'll learn more about yourself than you would if you never took the risk. With that said, the next time you hear from me, I will have officially started my "impossible" race and will be back from leg number one in Antarctica.
I am writing this blog to chronicle my trials and tribulations as I try to complete the World Marathon Challenge and my 10 year goal of running/ walking around the world. I will also use it to chronicle my past and future adventures around the world!