March Slice of Life – #8



Today is Day 8 of the March Slice of Life, a daily writing challenge offered through “Two Writing Teachers”.

I had planned to write about something else, but when I saw a show tonight about Clara Hughes, I knew I had to write about her and her big ride, which she begins on March 14th, from Toronto. (It is in honour of International Women’s Day.)

Clara is one of Canada’s elite athlete’s, having won 6 Olympic medals,  in both  the summer (riding) and winter (speed skating) games. She is the only Canadian athlete to have done this.

But she has battled depression throughout her life and is now seeking to take the stigma out of mental illness.

One day, down the road, people will not know that there was once a time that there was so much shame around depression and anxiety, and people will know to call and where to go for help, because it will be talked about openly, and it will be available.”

Clara’s Big Ride will cover 12,000 kms in 110 days. She will visit schools in the morning and attend special events in the evening. That is such an ambitious challenge, but so worthwhile.

You go, girl! All the best!



6 thoughts on “March Slice of Life – #8

  1. What an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. Some of my students think they understand depression because they’ve felt sad before. They don’t understand why others aren’t able to find a way out like they have. Though I tell them in different ways, most are still unable to see past their own reality.

  2. This sounds like such an amazing challenge, and Clara an amazing woman. I couldn’t imagine such an undertaking. I appreciate hearing that people with such astounding accomplishments are also “real” and suffer from problems that many people face each and every day. With a history of depression in my own family, her focus to remove the stigma is admirable, and something that will benefit so many! Thanks for sharing today!

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