Professional Academic and Adventure Seeker
My career as it stands is a bit of a mystery, as I just completed my Honours in Sustainable Development and await the start of my Masters in the UK in September 2016 – I can kind of be whatever I want to be till then: a couch potatoe/a series specialist/a volunteer/a home cook/a mountain climber/a restaurateur/a mom helper/an intern/a pro baker/an artists/a runner… mmmmmm probably not a runner though.
As a dancer at heart, I would say my athletic ability is standing at about a 4/10. I’m not what one would call ‘ a natural’ at pretty much anything. But what I do have is the guts to try. I hate running more than most other activities, however it’s the only thing I do because it requires zero skill and pretty much only mind strength which, luckily, I possess. At 24, I have completed 6 half marathons which sounds very impressive on paper, however they were all run on hangovers with untrained legs and some sort of incentive at the end. Only one goes down in the books as being at all impressive while the others are best left as a mere memoir on the streets of the Western Cape.
The MAD charity is redirecting my thought process for my relationship with running. While that sounds selfish, it is seemingly significant for how else to inspire people to do things for the benefit of others than to initiate a paradigm shift?! I am young, capable and resilient and I have the guts to run distances. So why not push that distance a little further, add on a couple more days, endure a tiny bit more pain and put some extra hours on my legs for an unmatchable cause. When you take the focus off yourself and your personal gain, its amazing what you’re capable of. Too often do we set goals to better ourselves; too often do we allow ourselves to not achieve those goals. When someone else’s’ future is on your capable shoulders; best you lace up those shoes and go for it