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What is your why?

As adventurers, explorers, endurance athletes and outdoor enthusiasts we are often faced with the question why?

Why do you _____________ (run, train so hard, like to get muddy, climb mountains, compete in races, prefer sleeping in a tent)?

It can catch you off guard and even leave you feeling discouraged. It’s personal. Everybody has a why, but not everybody has discovered their why. I’ve spent a good portion of my life responding to this question with a short, defensive phrase, “if you have to ask why, you’ll never understand.” But recently I’ve given the question more thought and here is my response:


Why?


Because I can. Because nothing makes me feel more alive. Because of 26 orphaned children in Kenya. Because I’m scared. Because I am absolutely terrified. Because it makes me feel alive. Because I want to see if I can. Because it’s hard. Because it teaches me about myself. Because I want to help others realize their dreams while living mine. Because I want to raise money for my cause. Because I’m determined. Because I love the camaraderie. Because I want to see what I’m made of. Because it makes me stronger. Because it’s beautiful. Because I want to see the world. Because I want to be a better person. Because I was inspired. And because I want to inspire.


What is your why?

 

1/16/2013
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