Don’t Just Dream It, Do It!

“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.”  ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Driving to work this morning all I could think about was  the fact that I’m really doing this. I’m really going to climb Kilimanjaro. I must have looked a bit silly beaming from ear to ear but I didn’t care. My dream is unfolding right before my very eyes and it’s taken a long three years, with many changes and delays, to get to this point and now it’s just 4 days and two months away!

Donna is back in town and we are due to do our mid-week hike up Lion’s Head later and I’m praying that the heavy rain that is predicted for later this afternoon holds off long enough for us to go up. I don’t mind hiking in the rain but because I currently share a rain jacket with my father, purely because I don’t have one of my own! But this past weekend when I went to visit them I completely forgot to get it from him and so if it rains the hike will be off. Donna also emailed me last night to say she is not feeling 100% and it feels like she could be coming down with a cold so between rain and a possible cold we will make a decision in a couple of hours as to whether we go or not. I’m longing to get back out there on the mountain so I literally have everything I can cross, crossed!

This year is turning out to be a very big year in memory of Emma. In just a few days time, Emma’s older sister, Tracy will be jumping out of a plane all in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. If 20 years ago Tracy and I had had a conversation one day while I was at their house saying that one day that we would be jumping out of ridiculously high planes and climbing ridiculously high mountains for Emma I think we both would have laughed. I think Emma would have laughed even louder! There must be something in the air this year, but then again maybe it’s just the beautiful soul that we were lucky enough to have bless our lives.

If you would like to support Tracy in her fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis in the UK, with just 3 days to go before her big jump, please do check out her fundraising page because as she says on her page “Please make all my anxiety, panic & sheer terror turn into valuable funds for the CF Trust, helping those living with Cystic Fibrosis by research into a cure.”  www.virginmoneygiving.com/tracystreet

Good luck on Sunday Tracy, I hope your nerves are intact and pure excitement fills you from head to toe! I will be thinking of you and will wait in anticipation to hear news of your successful jump and how ridiculously incredible it was!

Now, keep your fingers crossed for me that I get to go up the mountain later this afternoon.

And watch this space…. more exciting news hopefully coming tomorrow!!!!

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