• What If? It's all perspective.


    Hi everyone, it’s Kristin! As the Oct 26/27 Charlotte Avon Walk for Breast Cancer approaches, my mind has begun to shift from fundraising to concern about the actual walking. I’ve raised my $1,800 (and still working on raising more!) but I also need to focus on my training. This is where my worry sets in!

    These thoughts of the Walk this October have created a lot of apprehension and nervousness for me. After some Google searching, I found I’m not the first walker to have worries and reservations about what to expect during Walk weekend!

    I came across a post on the InItToEndIt.org website entitled “What ifs…”, written by Larry Roshfeld. I am sharing it here for those who may have these same thoughts and worries as our 39.3 miles approach. These “what ifs” help put our efforts into perspective:

    •    “What if I can’t walk all the way?’ – Who cares? No one is keeping track but you.
    •    “What if I get a blister?” – So? (Medical care is available at Rest Stops and Wellness Village)
    •    “What if I don’t know anyone?”  – You’ll meet hundreds of nice people.
    •    “What if I packed too much?” – You did.
    •    “What if I didn’t pack something?” – You’ll live.
    •    “What if it rains?” – You’ll get wet; you won’t drown.
    •    “What if is it cold?” – You won’t freeze to death.
    •    “What if it is hot?” – You’ll sweat.
    •    “What if I don’t like the food?” – You’ll be walking past approximately 472 supermarkets and convenience stores; you’ll manage.
    •    “What if I don’t like the porta-potties?” – No one likes the porta-potties. You’ll survive.
    •    “What if I don’t like the showers?” – So don’t shower. Though you might want to check with your tent mate first.
    •    “What if I can’t sleep in a tent?” – You’ll be tired; you’ll sleep.
    •    “What if…?”

    If you’ve been following our Team 9/64 blogs and are considering joining the Avon Walk this fall, IT’S NOT TOO LATE! The Avon team leaders are accepting new members and would love to support you as you fundraise and train for this worthy, life-changing cause.

    Consider this: your donation of just $25 can help pay for supplies for a breast cancer research laboratory, and $150 can help an uninsured woman get a mammogram. “What if” you could walk to help save a life? You can! Register today at Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, www.avonwalk.org, because the more of us who walk, the more of us survive.