Inspired to reach your potential
I’m being asked every day what I’m doing this adventure for, and it’s really easy to explain. I am raising awareness of the importance of reaching your potential.
I have a dear brother, Martin, who has downs syndrome and language difficulty. He has also developed dementia. But Martin reaches his potential every single day.
Every person he meets, he engages with. He introduces himself: “Hello, my name’s Martin….” “What’s your name?” “My friend….” “My bubba….”
Martin readily and easily smiles. He puts people at their ease, and is infinitely patient when we don’t always understand him. There is a quality in Martin that we all aspire to…. Making the most of every minute, enjoying company, refreshment, stimulation, contemplation.
The phrases we hear most are:
“You me,” it doesn’t matter what we are doing as long as it’s together.
As children, Martin and I played a lot together. He was always ready to play the games I suggested. We have always enjoyed cycling together and in this trip I’ll be taking his photos and hearing him say: “You me.”
Reach your potential. That’s it. We don’t have to be the best cyclist, artist, entertainer, brother, husband, father, friend. We just have to be the best that we can be.