It is official! I've decided to join the Sears National Kids with Cancer Ride (SNKCR) and ride across Canada.
When I first heard about SNKCR I immediately wanted to be a part of this cause. But then I heard I was to ride across Canada on my bike. "What?!" I said. "Yeah, you start in beautiful Vancouver!" a fellow rider tells me. "What?!?" I said again. "Then you ride for several days until you end up in the majestic shores of Halifax!" the rider continued excitingly. "What?!?!" I uttered for the 3rd time. While he continued to explain the 15 day journey, my mind started a journey of it's own. A race where I travelled through doubt, nervousness and lack of confidence. I wanted to rub my brow while he spoke as if I was already sweating just thinking about the ride.
I somehow steadied myself and asked myself my personal question when ever I'm faced with a challenge, a life changing experience or encountered negative outcome. "Is this greater than the worse day in your life" And if the answer is "No". Then my immediate response is "Than this too you can overcome"
Not many people can have the unfortunate experience to recall the worst day in their life. However, I can. My worst day was when my daughter died in my arms. Though Jaida did not die to cancer, I too know what it is like to wait helplessly by the bedside why your child fights for their life. I too know the suffering and pain the child endures as they are administer medicine to help with their progress. I too know the feeling of devastation when you are told the unthinkable "Their is nothing else we can do for your child". And I too know what it's like to say goodbye as they take their last breath. And if the Lord was able to bring me back from that depth of pain only to conquer anything that is put in my path, surely I'm able to accept and fulfil this challenge as well.
After I answered that question in my head, my imaginary journey transformed from doubt to confidence. I could envision the accomplishments from the beginning to end. I like to say I decided right there and then but ofcourse I needed to speak with my family, my closet friends and my Lord. But now that I've decided I'm more excited than ever. Please join me on my journey as I train, raise awareness to this cause and ultimately ride across our beautiful country Canada.
"But first thing is first", I said when I finally gave my answer "Where can I get a decent bike?"
My name is Carl Reid, I'm a member of SNKCR and I'm riding across Canada.
Thank you for the compliment of your interest and support.
Being a photographer sometimes I get questions like how did I get into photography, what do I like to do besides take pictures or what is like to work with your wife?
But only once has someone asked me how old I was. I always pause as if to double check my age to ensure I haven't miscalculated before I answer 39. It is still hard to believe that I'm approaching 40. In fact, today I'm officially 40 and I can't think of a better way to accept and celebrate this milestone by listing 40 lessons learned by 40. It will be interested to refer back to this when I have 50 lessons learned by 50.
1. Don't be afraid to try something new
2. Don't risk anything that you feel will impact your value-added time
3. Compare your life to no one
4. Seek advise from those you respect
5. You can't be friends with everyone
6. Your brother and sister are your best friends
7. Hold on to the Lord through all circumstances
8. Hold on to your childhood so you know what to expect from your children
9. Apologize when you are wrong
10. It's okay to continue with family traditions
11. Don't be afraid to share stories with your children that are not always your proudest moments
12. Make her laugh at least once a day
13. Always say hello and goodbye
14. Recognize improvement in myself
15. It is scary how much love I have for my wife and kids
16. The older I get the more my parent's advice make sense
17. Don't rush the kids to grow up too quickly
18. Remind yourself why the Lord introduce you to your wife
19. Most of your fears are related to being a father
20. Be prepared for moments when only you can make the final decision
21. Set 3 tasks per day and be happy with your accomplishments regardless of the outcome
22. Do not forget where you came from
23. Remind yourself of your end destination
24. Take in the view every now and then
25. Spend more time to witness his blessings
26. Double check your side view mirror...just in case
27. God is always looking for an opportunity to reveal his blessings
28. Some problems can't be solved by yourself
29. Procrastination leads to unnecessary consequences
30. If they promise to try at all their practices I promise to be at all their events
31. Don't forget your vitamins...it really matters
32. Listen to his words at least once a day
33. Save dedicated time to give him praise
34. Spend more time reading and learning
35. Spend less time worrying about things you can't prevent
36. Life is what happens to you while you are busy making plans
37. Know who you are and try to be "you" perfectly
38. Do one thing at time
39. Focus on the most important thing first
40. Start it right now
What are your lessons learned?