It’s still amazing to me that we accomplished what we did. There were so many odds stacked against us. Hottest summer on record, clashing personalities, poor economy, two walkers having asthma, and a million other reasons why it shouldn’t have worked. But I think there were just the right combination of other factors that made it possible, and if even a couple of those other factors were off, we wouldn’t have made it to California or even started the walk. For example, Blake’s level-headedness was important to tempering heated situations, unless, of course, he was choosing to make it heated for his own enjoyment! And he has this natural leadership quality that he resented at times but really helped us all feel secure in such an uncertain time. Tim is fearless when it comes to navigating uncharted territory in terms of talking to absolutely anyone on the phone and figuring out ways to get whatever needs to be done, done. Sara and Dan are both exceptionally talented artists, and I can’t believe how lucky we were to have them. I’m not being overly generous with my praise of their talent–I truly believe they’re very gifted in their respective fields, particularly considering how young we all are. I’m not sure what to say about myself…maybe my nurturing qualities were one of the things I brought to the table? Although I’m not entirely sure that the walkers would say I was nurturing, because I held myself back a lot so I wouldn’t be “babying” them or feeling like their mothers! Actually, maybe I do know, because Blake said once to a mutual friend, I’m really good at keeping track of what everyone’s supposed to be doing and making sure things get done. The ironic thing is that it’s a challenge for me to make sure I get my own stuff done sometimes!
There were so many points at which other people would have quit or just decided it wasn’t worth the sacrifice, but I guess each of us have some very steely resolve inside. I can trace mine back to childhood, when I wouldn’t give up until I succeeded at whatever I really wanted to do: learning how to cartwheel or dive into a pool come to mind :-)
I’ve written before about how we were able to succeed because of the help from so many other people, but I tend to forget that we also couldn’t have succeeded without ourselves, if that makes any sense!
I had such a great image in my head this afternoon…I use the Movies app on my Android phone, and I was looking at the list of upcoming releases, picturing “Walk the Dream” among them. I know it’s not very realistic to dream of a wide national theatrical release like a new Will Ferrell comedy gets, but we could certainly be listed on the showtimes for art house theaters!
Well, that’s just what I’ve been reflecting on lately, and I thought I’d share :-)