This past weekend, Tara and I traveled to Santa Cruz to connect with 105 fellow November Project co-leaders. We learned a lot. Some of it was practical; how to tag shirts, how to create an inclusive environment. But what I really took away from the weekend was that there are amazing people involved in this movement.
I said it today and I’ll say it again, it takes a special kind of person to wake up when it’s still dark outside, start their morning by jumping up and down and screaming with a mob of people, and hand out high-fives and hugs to strangers all before breakfast. No one is showing up every Wednesday just because it’s free, because if all you really needed was free, you’d pull up a Youtube workout in your living room and save yourself the hassle.
I was chatting with one of the Dallas co-leaders one night and I found out he had a marathon PR of 2:25, which had qualified him for Olympic Trials. HOLY SHIT. He then got injured, couldn’t compete for awhile, and was finally making his way back to marathon running. “My goal time is 3:45,” he told me cheerfully. “If I get that, I’ll be thrilled. If not, I’m just so happy to be able to run next to my friends.” Tywon’s relentless joy over running with his community, regardless of any past PRs or expectations, got me stoked for the day I’ll be able to run PR Day next to you guys. Or maybe I’ll walk a big chunk of it. It won’t matter. All I can ask from myself, and from you all, is putting in your best at that moment, and letting that be reason enough to leave Drake feeling proud.
We’re incredibly lucky to be part of a movement that attracts physical inspirations, like Tywon, as well as emotional ones. I learned this weekend that one of the Chicago co-leaders works a job he’s not super amped about, but it’s worth it to him because it means he can put his brother through college. I told him that was amazing and he seemed taken aback, because he never would have considered living any other way. These inspiring people are showing up to Drake Stadium too. Next time you have a minute, get curious about who you’re getting sweaty with. Walking back to your car after the workout or holding up the cheer tunnel during PR Day, find out what’s going on in someone’s life. And if you’re having a tough time, physically or mentally, don’t stop showing up. Tara and I have your back. November Project West LA has your back. 49 tribes around the world have your back, because it takes a special kind of person to show up at 6:30 am and lay your heart out on the stairs.
Keep climbing high, Westside. Each and every one of you is crushing it.
- If you’re not already in our social page, you can find it HERE!
- Next week is PR DAY!
- Bring one shirt if you would like a sweet Shaka tag!
- In TWO WEEKS we will take a field trip to UCLA’s JANSS STEPS
- Location here!
- #NPSUMMIT, November Project’s Annual gathering, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 9/14-16.