Ryan & Friends, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Recently, Ryan had the chance to spend some time in Ethiopia, working with many of the best runners in the world. He is also a strong supporter of many local and international not-for-profit initiatives. Although I can't say that I really know him all that well, Ryan certainly falls into the category of inspiring people who make me go: "wow".
GRATITUDE: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
I was honored to be asked by Jo-Anne to write on her blog and initially thought that gratitude would be an easy thing for me to write about. However, after reading through all of the wonderfully written previous posts, I really started to over-think what gratitude means to me! After a good amount of thought, I came to the conclusion that for me, gratitude really is all about the simple things in life.
First and foremost, I'm grateful for my physical and mental health. My best experiences in life have come from my ability to move my body and to question things with my mind. I cherish the ability to be physically active and experience all the great things that come along with it.
I'm also very grateful for my curious nature. The world really is a wonderful place and as far as we know, we only get one crack at it! I'm happy to try almost anything once and I've stumbled across so many unexpected experiences by having an open mind. I'm grateful for those experiences, good and bad!
And finally, I'm grateful to be surrounded by such wonderful family and friends. I consider myself so lucky to be born into a family that has been so supportive and positive. I really do think that we are a reflection of those that are around us and I'm grateful to be surrounded by friends that are a constant source of inspiration!
Thanks so much for the initiative to put this blog together Jo-Anne!