MELBOURNE TO CANBERRA – FEB 2018
MELBOURNE TO CANBERRA FEB 2018
In February 2018, my loyal canine companion Jonty and I will set off from the MCG in Melbourne with Parliament House in Canberra in our sights.
The idea of ‘Walking It Off’ appealed to me as it symbolises ambition and purpose as I move forward into the future with a positive outlook, free from the debilitating illness that is depression. This walk provides focus and motivation in my battle to beat depression as I plan and execute the necessary steps needed to achieve this goal I have set. The light at the end of the tunnel is looking far brighter already. Walking gives me a strong sense of getting somewhere, it symbolises moving forward and provides time to reflect. It has been a sanctuary for me in the past.
So many days and weeks have been spent in bed, in a foetal position, head in hands and tears in eyes… ‘Walking It Off’ is my symbol of seeing that in my past.
Not everything in life is about winning or losing, many aspects are about progress and overcoming the obstacles and challenges that are met along the way. I chose the motto ‘Progression Against Depression’ as it reiterates what I am setting out to achieve. I want nothing more than to conquer this illness. That is my ultimate goal. With a positive outlook and focusing on the little wins I will be on the path to achieve that goal.
How did Jonty get roped into this? He is a symbol of what I am trying to create. Happiness, positivity and passion, the opposite of what I have carried around with me for so many years. Jonty will be my companion, my sounding board, my motivator and friend on this journey. I feed him, I clean up after him and take him for walks, but this is nothing in comparison to the unconditional love, care and cheek he provides me with.
With all the positive vibes and support, the burden of the negativity I have carried around with me is fading. The ongoing self doubt and failure doesn’t reside in me how it used to.