This is me taken right before the race for life. I'm wearing a bright pink top with my runner number pinned on using safety pins. My number is 8856 (just in case you were interested!). I'm wearing a cap as well. Mostly the background is grass but you can see bits of a some people too.
My back with the back sign pinned on. It's bright pink with a purpley blue border and printing. It says "I race for life for..." and then I wrote on My Gran which I did in a big silver craft marker. I also underlined that with squiggly lines and drew a squiggly border too. There is quite a lot of "pink space" too which would be white (blank) space only the whole thing is pink and lets not pretend, lol. I'd almost say the top and the sign are the same shade of pink.
This is me and Sam just past the finish line; you can see it in the background. I'm on the left and Sam's on the right. I have my hands in the air in a "success" or "victory!" type pose. We both have big grins.
Finally a photo that really comes before the last but that I wanted to finish with.
I think this is probably my favourite of all of the Race for Life photos and it's one that makes me very grateful that my mum just points and clicks on the off chance as opposed to my Dad's staged pictures take on photos. It's a group of women all walking/running away from the camera. You can see the path, some grass, shady area (one of a very few!) and some pink ribbon to the side which was used to mark the course. And a little way in the crowd of people you can see the back of me and my wheelchair with my water bottle hanging off the back. Being a part of that huge crowd was a really empowering and defining moment for me and I like to think that this photo shows that and shows the way I felt.
There's an English Proverb:
A Picture is Worth One Thousand Words
I think that's true, I don't think I could sum it up properly with words but I hope this photo shows you what I see and what I felt.
Pictures hold life's experiences. And I feel that with every experience you learn something. Therefore, you learn something with every picture you take.
I learnt from the Race for Life. I learnt just how worth it it truly is/was. And I learnt that I do still have the strength I had years ago. It was waiting there for me to rediscover it once again. And I once again did something "impossible."
When one picks up ones camera and freezes a moment in time we all get a glimpse of ones soul ~ Anonymous
Well, I wouldn't go as far as saying that I think Race for Life and my writings and photos I've shared about it show my soul to the world. But I do think the experience helped me to replenish my soul and along on my journey to who I want to be. To find who Emma needs to be in the future. It's a never ending journey but this is another step along the way. I have great memories of the day but I'm glad I have these photos too.