Race For Life: What’s it all about?

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This time next month, I’ll no doubt be feeling pretty chuffed after my Race For Life event ~ and quite possibly, indulging in a celebratory glass or two… But not because of the actual race ~ because of the money raised for Cancer Research UK.

As much as I love running/power walking/walking, and lots of lovely gym sessions, my motivation is Cancer Research. Now, okay, I’m sure you’re thinking this is pretty bloody obvious and it is, I agree ~ however, my point is this: Race For Life is the least I can do.

While I was being tortured on the cross-trainer this morning, I drifted off and started contemplating life…

Life is everywhere you look, staring you back in the face. Isn’t that fantastic?

Life is unpredictable, full of twists and turns, endless surprises. You don’t even know when that next bend is looming, never mind what’s lurking around it, ready to jump out at you and scream “I’m your one true love!” or “You just won £15,000 on the pools!” or “It’s terminal, I’m so sorry”.

Yes, life is all around us. But life has a best friend who accompanies him everywhere he goes: death. Without life there is no death and without death there is no life.

Life’s best friend serves as a reminder that life is for living. Life can be lost in the blink of an eye or the gasp of a breath. And cancer is one hell of a scary beast ~ not many of us are fortunate enough to have dodged the repercussions of its sting. So always trust your instincts, grab opportunities, and smile!

And that’s why I’m running Race For Life this year ~ it is the least I can do.


1 Response to “Race For Life: What’s it all about?”

  1. 1 Nikki June 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Caroline

    What a thought-provoking post, which triggered all sorts of memories for me. I’ve stared death in the face twice in my life. Every time I think of those times, it makes me realise that we only have this moment… And that we should live in it.

    Life is so precious. Yet most people only realise that once it’s too late to do anything about it. That’s why I admire you doing this ‘Race For Life.’

    Congratulations and thanks for such a fabulous post!


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