After a rainy night, we were granted a reprieve and the weather was on our side. The Cathy Freeman park is absolutely gorgeous. It meant a great deal to me to do this walk in a park dedicated to a great athlete and advocate for Aboriginal education (check out her foundation's website here).
Doing the walk allowed me to spent time with my team and we all shared good talks and laughs. I met a few people, exchanged a couple of advice. But this year, I mainly focused on having a good time with my family and friends. That is probably one thing that I regret. Not that spending time with loved ones is wrong, on the contrary! But I wished I used this time to meet more people, work on my networking. I guess I'll just have to come back next year, huh?
I had designed t-shirts for each member captioning "I run with a dia-bad-ass" and had my own t-shirt saying "I am the dia-bad-ass". We were not the only ones wearing team t-shirts. Almost every team had their own designs and it was awesome to see all of us so united, moving towards a same goal. I had a good laugh about a few t-shirts that displayed puns and jokes. Like "Proud owner of a useless pancreas" or my personal favorite: "Diabetes is a pain in the pancre-ASS". Other t-shirts were sporting a more serious message, like "You don't know how strong you are, until being strong is the only option. TYPE ONE." Another message got me quite emotional. It was written "In memory of … 1984 – 2016". This person died from diabetes, only a year ago, at 31 years old. This got to me quite strongly because it reminded me that diabetes can still kill. It can still kill me. That was a sobering realization, but, although it was surely a welcome reminder, I did not let it affect my day more than it needed to. I had a thought for that person, for her family that were with us that day, focused my drive to go on, and went back to my happy self.
I had asked and insisted that we took ours dogs, Baguette and Maya, on the walk with us. They were both exemplary, Maya stopping crowds with her baby cuteness, Baguette, calmer, simply enjoying being with us.