San Diego Marathon Weekend – Saturday night inspirational dinner. Sorry – I know these posts are backwards. Warning on this one – don’t read if you are emotionally unstable right now, or at work. 🙂 So the pasta party gets its own little special shout out because if it wasn’t for this I really don’t think I’d have been able to run the way that I did and feel how I felt. This was one of the most inspirational things that I’ve seen in my life. I was a little nervous to attend the dinner, I knew it would be hard for me and I honestly just didn’t want to hear and think about anymore sad stories. Beforehand. Quite nerve-wracking heading into the convention center, I thought I might lose it for a minute. But as soon as we rolled up the escalators all you could hear was cheering and loud noise. All the coaches and TNTers were cheering us all on as we walked in. So overwhelming and made me feel 10 times better and super excited to run!
The magnitude of the convention center filled with about 3,100 people all psyched up to run and feeling great about themselves after raising over $9 million for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, for this RnR even alone. Total Team in Training has raised $168 million for the San Diego Rock and Roll Events. Imagine how many patients and families that can help, and how much research can be done. We have a long way to get a better understanding on blood cancers but this is the first step.
The “Ten Life Lessons” was Kim’s valedictorian speech at ConVal Regional High School in 2000. Kim’s story can be found in the book “Inspiration to Perspiration”
Kimberly Joy Costa
(July 17, 1981 – July 24, 2000)
“Ten Life Lessons”
Life Lesson number 10 is “Deal with life one day at a time.” Sometimes when life gets crazy we feel like we’ll never sort everything out. But if we just deal with everything one day and instance at a time, life just has a way of working through things. It also makes life’s circumstances a little less overwhelming.
Life Lesson number 9 is more a word of advice. “Turn every life experience into a learning experience.” The best way I have found to cope with hard times more easily is to become knowledgeable about what is going on and try to find a meaning to everything that happens. Trust me, there is always one there.
Life Lesson number 8 is “Always look for the positive.” No matter how bad life can get, there is always a positive to be found. If you focus on the positive aspects of life, the hard times are easier to get through. The power of positive thinking is amazing, and it works.
Life Lesson number 7 is another piece of advice. “Try to do at least one new thing everyday.” Much to often, people get into a routine of doing the same thing everyday and their lives become boring. The new thing doesn’t have to be big. It can be something really small like taking a different route to work, or trying a new kind of food. Make a wish list for yourself of new stuff you want to try. Some things can be small and others, big. Plan on completing one of those things each day and by the end of everyday your life will be that much more full.
Life Lesson number 6 is “Be true to yourself.” No matter what happens in your life, if you are true to yourself and confident about who you are, you can overcome anything. Always stick to who you are and don’t worry if people are going to accept you or not. If you are confident with yourself, it will show and the people who really matter will accept you for who you are, not for why you are not.
Life Lesson number 5 is “Touch as many lives as you can.” Every time you meet someone new, you leave a little bit of yourself with them. They are affected by you. The more people you meet, the more complete both their and your lives are because of how you have been affected by each other. Think of the possibilities.
Life Lesson number 4 is “Enjoy the little things.” Although the big accomplishments in life are important, sometimes it’s the little things in life that are more enjoyable. The conversations with your best friend in the middle of the night, or a quiet moment somewhere peaceful where you were just able to think can add up to be much more important and memorable than any big thing.
Life Lesson number 3 is “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Many times in life, people begin getting concerned with petty things. What people forget is that in the long run, it doesn’t matter what “he said” or what “she did.” It’s not worth your time to get worked up about anything small or petty.
Life Lesson number 2 is “Hold on to your friends.” No matter what happens in your life, good or bad, your friends will be there for you. Whether it is a pat on the back or a shoulder to cry on that you need, your friends are there for you always.
Life Lesson number 1 is “Make everyday count.” Lif is short and we never know how long we are going to have. We must live life to the fullest EVERYDAY. Everything we do should have a greater purpose. We should never throw any opportunities away.
Our lives will continue to be impacted by our friendships, generosity, compassion and spirit. As each of us works each day to be the person we want to be, remember my favorite quote from the Broadway play “Rent” – “No Day But Today.”
Kimberly’s Father said – as you walk or run tomorrow – remember the ‘Power of One’ – that is you! Through the Team in Training Program of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society WE WILL WIN THIS BATTLE AGAINST CANCER! Your legs, your heart and spirit will move us toward a cure!
Phew – intense!!!! Now it’s time for my chicken! 9:30pm – need to get my protein in for the run. Usually I try to eat grilled thighs with my pasta but greasy fried chicken from Ralph’s will have to do tonight. – Delish! And I guess it did its job… maybe that will have to be a new routine.