Live your Dash

Sadly sometimes, our dash is far too short!

 

The dash is the line between your birth and death date and is a beautiful poem by Linda Ellis. 

I heard this poem on Tuesday at the funeral of a darling friend who lost his life just weeks before his 25th birthday – my same age. This has shocked me to my core and made me think about all that is precious to me.

Dearest Rory

Dearest Rory

Rory lived his life to the max and I was lucky to share the incredible and unforgettable experience of climbing Machu Picchu with him.

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RIP my friend – and to everyone, please make the most of your dash! Enjoy the poem!

 

The Dash

by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before. 

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

Copyright Linda Ellis
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

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Bye bye Dear Rory

I really do love Hiking

It’s only been in recent years that I have taken up the hobby of hiking and I am now a keen participant. I always loved bushwalking but really put hiking into a whole new category…but to be honest, they are rather similar… hiking just takes longer.

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I’ve been fortunate to trek in two of the most beautiful and famous routes in the world, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru as well as Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. I would really like to take up more hikinh in Australia and my more local surrounds-  and with all the equipment now in my position, this is certainly possible.

climbing in Machu Picchu

climbing in Machu Picchu

The gear and equipment is one of the biggest hurdles to starting trekking and hiking, so my advice is slow and steady wins the race. Buy your boots first and well and truly break them in before attempting an overnight hike. You will then need appropriate clothing, backpack and supplioes such as emergency and first aid kits, snacks, water bladders and more. For overnight you will need sleeping bags, large backpacks, sleeping mats and walking poles. Buy these things gradually as you progress with your trips and walking – buying it in one hit will hurt your pocket big time!

Whether it’s a local mountain or the famous Andes of South America, I love walking and seeing things that you can only experience by foot.

Keep walking!

Peru Trek to Machu Pichu

Here are just a few photos of the epic adventure that was Machu Picchu and the trek leading up to it!

Instagram has been amazing for documenting my trip and sharing info along the way.

Trekking in the lares valley, Peru

Finished the trek at Ollantaytambo, almost at Machu Picchu

 

The view of Machu Picchu from Huayna Picchu

 

 

Enjoy!!

 

Please support www.blackdoginstiture.org.au who I did this amazing adventure for!

Travelling in the Americas

It’s been a whirlwind so far! Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and now the U.S.

 

A few pics from each country and more to come soon!!

Machu Picchu in Peru

 

Peruvian Tattoo artist living in Bolivia -love this!

 

Salt flats, Uyuni, Bolivia

At the beautiful Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico

Disney pose in Jackson Square, Jazz birth place, New Orleans, USA

 

Peru is amazing!

It’s 11pm and I have to be up at 5am tomorrow to start my 4 day trek to Machu Pichu for Black Dog Institute!

Peru is incredible. So much to share. Cusco is a beautiful city filled with colour, culture and plenty of smiling faces. Very comfortable and happy here.

A photo of our group on our first day in the city.

Much more to come!!

Matt Pratten prepares for the Peru Challenge and trek to Machu Pichu

My dear family friend Matt Pratten decided to join me on the Machu Pichu trip, Peru Challenge 2012, in a spontaneous burst of enthusiasm. I was chatting to Matt on Facebook and said “Come to Peru with me” Attaching the link and adding a smiley face. He responded, “Yeah, it’s been a while since I did a good pack march!” He’s in the army you see and was keen to do something a bit different for training. The next week, he was booked and preparing to come.

I have been overwhelmingly impressed with Matt’s dedication to this trip, this cause and his fundraising efforts. We are raising awareness and much needed funds for Black dog Institute and their work with mood disorders. Depression is something that has affected Matt personally and he wants to make a change.

 

He’s run up mountains, dressed in a dog suit and done a hike, shaved his legs and so much more to get his totals up. He is close to $7000 now and still rising with an initial goal of $4000.

See Matt’s challenge page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/317008385048293/?fref=ts

You can sponsor Matt here: http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/PrattenM

 

Good luck Matt and can’t wait to join you on this epic adventure.

 

 

 

In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure – http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly

What I’ll be doing in Peru in 9 days time!

It’s now just 9 days until I head  on the Peru Challenge 2012 with Inspired Adventures and Black Dog Institute.

I thought it was about time for me to look into what I’ll be getting up to whilst there and share this epic journey with you.

 

See the details of the trip and itinerary here:

http://www.inspiredadventures.com.au/microsites/BDIPeru/

In October 2012, I will climb Machu Pichu for depression and anxiety awareness. The Peru Challenge 2012 will run from October 20-31 and raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute for the research and awareness of mood disorders. This is a cause close to my heart and I’m doing it honour of my Grandma who lived with depression most her life and also the many friends and other family members who live with this mood disorder. Please donate to my page and learn more about my adventure – http://peruchallenge2012.gofundraise.com.au/page/Lovelly