Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Patagonian International Marathon

When I was in high school, I declared at a family gathering that I would never have a regular job. My uncle’s response was “just wait, not only will you be well into a career but you will be listening to country music by age 25."(At the time my music of choice was loud punk) When visiting recently he remembered the day and said, "I’m impressed you held out this long , age 28." (But I’m still not into country)

Looking back, my declaration had nothing to do with angst. Really it was about not wanting to compromise my beliefs or values and I just didn't quite know how to express that at the time.

Along the way I have learned from each job I've held from being a lifeguard, baker, selling running shoes, and working in a therapeutic garden. I have always found ways to be on mountain tops, under the stars and in the ocean for extended periods of time. Now that I’m teaching high school full time it takes more effort to find the right balance but I’m living a life dedicated to passions and joys.I may be clean cut but still feel wild as ever!

I’m excited to be taking part in the 40 mile run through a place I have dreamed of visiting for so long, Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile. Conservation is about all the small choices we make on a daily basis, sometimes convenience must be sacrificed for the greater good.

"The event,continues to support the mission of calling the world’s attention to the conservation of Chilean Patagonia and contributing to the sustainable development of the region."

September 28, 2013
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Nick Barraza said...

Fantastically said!

Anonymous said...

That race looks incredible! I wish I had you as a teacher! You are so amazing! I loved Born To Run and it was so inspiring! You have done amazing things and I hope to one day do the same! What would your biggest advice with running be!

Billy Barnett said...

Thank You!! I think the best advice is to follow no advice, learn what is true to yourself. Live with passion, find joy in the simple things and do at least one foolish thing a day! Maybe that's a good reason to follow no advice, ha!