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!