Take the time to enjoy the journey..
I was informed by Google maps that my trip to Thredbo would take 6 hours and 34 minutes. Add in a couple of breaks and my journey gains an additional 2 hours. Drive a little more cautiously and I extend the trip by a further 30 minutes. If I were to arrive at my destination some 9 hours later, one might say I was delayed, late or setback. And in a world where we want things fast, where our travels are rushed and we are constantly reminded that success is measured by our speed and efficiency, we fail to recognise the worth of an extra second, minute or hour. In our haste, we dismiss how precious just a little more time can be.
The road to Thredbo is magnificent and with the sun streaming through the windows of my compact car, I ease off the accelerator and cruise leisurely on route to my destination. I took my time, enjoyed the ride and purposely set myself back 2-3 hours.
I was to participate in the 4th Annual Rare Cancers Mount Kosciusko Challenge in the hope of raising awareness and funds to help rare cancer patients. I was not alone. Over 240 supporters converged at the base of Thredbo National Park, ready to conquer Australia’s highest mountain and determined to make a difference.
The climb up to the summit represents so many things; our journey ahead, a difficult path, our desire to achieve, to reach the sky, to stand tall and to make ourselves heard. But perhaps one of the most powerful element of the Kosciuszko Challenge presents itself incidentally. Our initial bursts of energy sets the pace and we charge on dictated by the schedule, eager to get to the top. But it’s not too long before we get distracted, a little bit tired, and we begin to meander. And in that moment, we forget the destination and perhaps by accident, we realise that the journey is just as important. We stop, admire our surrounds, appreciate the now, reduce our pace and give ourselves just a little more time.
You see, it wasn’t a race, it wasn’t a competition. No medals were awarded for the first, second or third. There was no time to beat, no glory for the fast and no shame for the last. It was a light bulb moment that lit up the seconds, minutes and hours in our lives and made us acutely aware of what time afforded us. It allowed 240 individuals to share in a collective mission, a team venture, a day to experience the wonders of nature, to spend time with family and friends, to capture memories, to achieve personal goals, celebrate, to laugh, cry and to change the world. On that Saturday, 12 March, whether deliberate or just by chance, we treasured the precious moments set in seconds, minutes and hours and we came to an understanding, that this notion of time and all that it brings, must be gifted to everyone.
I hope the journey to the top of Australia, gave our participants a boundless sense of adventure, optimism and faith. And I hope all their future journeys are mapped by a clock ticking to a calmer rhythm. The 240 participants have given Rare Cancers Australia great momentum to continue the journey, discover new pathways and explore new ground. The $85,000 raised so far will help patients of today and of tomorrow, so that they too can have, just a little more time.
Head of Marketing and Events
Rare Cancers Australia
For those all those who climbed the 2,228 metres above sea level to reach Australia’s highest, post this on your social media for bragging rights, you deserve it!
There are some wonderful images captured by Randy from Hotshots. You can purchase the official photos here
Our thanks go out to Canon Australia, Thredbo Alpine Village, Hotshots, Blackwoods and Any Colour You Like