Looking back on a life-changing month...
NEWS FROM JONO MARCUS!
What L2TL left me with...
So the challenge is over and I am trying my best to resist the pull of the mayhem that is my ‘normal life’ here in Johannesburg. I keep reminding myself of the experience I have just had and attempt to defy the temptations of a place driven by anger, selfishness and the endless endeavour for material gain. Trying my hardest to be true to who Jono Marcus is and not rise to the bait of the poisoned apple and disappoint myself.
Since my return I have been bombarded by a myriad of questions from friends and family. Something which I was dreading but has actually turned out to be the source of me realizing my lessons. Through this reflection with people close to me I have been able to make sense of a lot of my questions I was torturing my brain with on the island. I guess this is common. When you are caught up in a moment it’s hard to see the wood through the trees and it’s only once you take a step back and reflect are we able to analyze and make sense of all that we have experienced. A close friend thinks that my learning’s will still continue for months to come. I am excited!
So what did I take away from this experience??? A lot of things but I am only going to highlight the ones that are most significant to me.
1. My biggest question I kept harassing myself with on the island was “What am I doing here”? Putting this question in context I was searching for something huge like solving the problems of the world and coming up with a cure for AIDS!
Upon landing in SA and chatting with my mom it became clear and even clearer when I spoke to my best friend Jason.
What I had achieved was to raise the most amount of money with the help of friends and family for a very worthy charity which loosely translates to permanently changing the lives of a few disabled children. And it’s these seemingly small changes in my eyes which are actually massive changes for those kids that is so significant. My lesson here is that of the old adage of the ripple effect. My dream is to imagine those kids going on to make their own positive impact of the lives of others and so on and so on.
I guess linked to this is an acknowledgement that people believe and trust in me for without this they wouldn’t have made so many generous donations. I was their mechanism for change! Even if it was on an unconscious level the fact that friends and family saw the value in supporting me and thereby supporting my charity.
2. My little Canadian friend Kristen gave me my second lesson and that is the need for me to celebrate the achievement of goals with those nearest and dearest to me. It hit me like a ton of bricks that I have never done this in the past. I run or ride a race, get the medal and throw it in the cupboard and say “What’s next” never acknowledging my success and remembering that a lot of the time my friends and family have lived through the training and build up to an event with me. I have always realised the importance of setting goals in life but never the reward of accomplishing them.
3. I need to try and slow down my life. I live at 250km/h and this is simply not healthy. This relates predominately to my level of physical activity although my social life is as rapid. There is no need to kill myself training and that actually exercise like Yoga and Pilates can be as effective as strenuous weight training. I need to make more me time to explore what my passion is, which might entail practising to say no to certain social engagements in order to create that time.
So that’s really it. Was it a worthwhile experience?? Absolutely! Of course while I was there I was questioning what the hell I was doing but when I got home I realised just how much I have gained from this.
I am extremely proud for what I have achieved and trust that I will continue on my journey of self discovery.
The last thing I have to say is just THANK YOU to everyone. To say I achieved this on my own would be completely incorrect. From sponsors, friends, family and complete strangers I couldn’t have done this without you. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people and am forever grateful for your support and guidance.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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