Donald E. Westlake
Through the medium of Twitter and Facebook my family has become bigger!
Through out 2011, I have made some new wonderful friends through social media. It is networking of like minds and hearts. Many of you share the same passion and interests, and my life is richer from these new friendships. There have been many who have inspired me, many who's support has been unfoundering, and many who are just there, and always with a kind word or a pat on the back.
Christmas for me is a time of everyone being together. Not everyone can sit by my side but they can in my heart. It is not the price tag on the gift I receive, or the biggest, shiniest present that I get, that brings the biggest smile, but your Presence in my life.
You have all been my driving force to get my from a waddling duck to a running duck. The training and journey has been hard. But with the fun I have had, mixed in with the blood, sweat and tears, it has been worth it. I am a stronger and better person in mind, body and soul, for the physical and mental straining I have endured this year.
It is now only five months until the Forces March, 5 marathons in 5 days.
Training will continue to pick up momentum, giving me increased strength of mind and body.
Thankyou All for being a part of that wonderful process!
Let this also be a moment to reflect on why I am preparing for this event, and why I have been able to train so hard. It because I have a passion for the two charities I support. The Veterans Charity and Fibroduck Foundation. Two very different groups but with a common need to have their causes quacked out loudly to bring about change and comfort for so many. It's the least I can do, to endure some discomfort, to help make a difference.
This year I have been able to take part in 4 different long distance charity walks over undulating multi terrains, run a couple of 10kms races, run a couple of 10 miles events, run a half marathon and complete a couple of fast paced power walking marathons. That's a lot of miles to raise a lot of money and awareness!! And let's not forget all the training miles that goes into that!
Again, who'dda thought this Ol' Duck could do it?
2012 brings the big challenge, and some new directions for the Rambling Duck! Your support, your input, your smiles keep me out there for many reasons...
Running the miles and raising the smiles for Fibromyalgia and The Veterans Charity!
(and a couple of extra charities for the New year)
I raise a glass of Christmas Cheer and thank all of You!
and offer a little prayer of rememberance for those who are not here.
Make a difference with a Christmas Gift from your heart