Heidelberg was a great little low-key break. With six weeks to go, France, Italy and Portugal the only big musts on the checklist, I’m on cruise control. I just hopped a train to Frankfurt, Germany. Remember my Luxembourg day when I drew the wrong line on my map with my connection from Frankfurt to Mannheim, drawing a line to Heidelberg instead?
My map is 100% accurate again.
This post actually isn’t about travel or the trip at all. This time last year, I was knee-deep (shoulders deep, really) in planning the 2011 Syracuse University & SUNY-ESF Relay For Life with my co-chair Kelsie and our stellar committee. Ultimately, the event raised over $174,000, beating the previous year’s record by $16,000 (which beat the previous year’s record by more than $12,000).
I got an e-mail this week from the 2012 committee.
Our Relay theme this year is 1 MORE.
1 MORE dollar raised, life saved, hero made.
They are going to blow the 2011 event out of the water, and I am so excited for and so proud of them.
This entire trip is a do-as-I-please, no obligation experience. A far cry from meetings, emails and appointments, fundraising, PR and speeches to large groups of people. It’s still odd to me, and I’d been concerned about if, at the end of this trip, all that inspiring, motivational energy might be left behind.
Getting the email from the committee reminded me there are plenty of opportunities at home to still experience new, to be inspired, and ultimately to make a difference. I spent the morning rewatching Relay videos I’d gotten to put together of our amazing committee this spring.
This one made me cringe.
This one made me laugh.
This one made me smile.
But this one moved me most.
Cancer is something that seems to touch everybody in one way or another. I hope, if you’re still in Syracuse, you sign up now or contribute to the April 2012 event. I have every intention of being there. For everyone else, check out the events near you. There are more than 3,000 every year throughout the country.