Guys I can’t tell you how frikin’ grateful I am to those of you who’ve supported me and my recovery over the past few years, and now to be where I am today as I launch this epic adventure with all you right beside me.
For those of you who are new to my story, 5 years ago in 2012 I experienced a full scale ‘holy-mother-of-s**t-balls’ manic episode when on holiday in Italy with (my now Wife) Georgie – an episode which had me believing I was ‘the chosen one’ and preaching from the centre lane of a major motorway in an attempt to show the world how to slow down & follow their hearts. Nuts!
What followed was time spent in specialist psychiatric wards both in Italy and the UK, before the desperately dark depression kicked-in which crippled me so much that I wanted to take my own life.
Since that period, by sharing my story and being open about my experiences, I’ve built up such an incredible team around me who have my back no matter what. Without these people – you know who you are – I just wouldn’t be in the place I’m in today as I gear up to take on this epic 1250-mile solo running adventure later this year.
You could say that Rome To Home is an overnight adventure 30 years in the making. It’s the culmination of all my life experiences. It’s the type of adventure which so many people could have predicted I’d take on even from a very young age. It’s got ‘Dan’ written all over it. It’s a celebration. It’s an expression of gratitude to all of you who have stood by me when I was at most vulnerable. It’s for Georgie. It’s for you Mum. It’s for all my family, for all my friends, and for you. If you’re reading these words then for whatever reason the universe has bought your towards me and my journey, and for that alone I’m counting my blessings.
Given what I’ve been through, I’m often asked am I a spiritual person. In response, I’d say I’m a hugely spirited person. There’s just no way that you can experience what I have and not come out the other side a changed person. I’ve always felt I’m being guided in many ways and as I now look ahead to starting this epic journey in August, I hope that the stars continue to align to grant me a safe passage.
For now, it’s a time to celebrate and to breath. To celebrate being in this moment with Rome To Home now live, and to breath as I remind myself not to ‘shine my light too bright too soon’ (thanks Jamie Ramsay for that nugget of wisdom!). This is absolutely a marathon and not a sprint (obviously) and I’m going to need all the help I can get in the lead up to Rome.
So, keep an eye out for me guys. As the great Lightning McQueen (from Disney Pixar Cars) teaches us, you can’t go through life alone (whatever your circumstance) and it’s a team effort if you want to go places – particular so for those of us who’ve had a tendency to ‘overcook it’ in the past! So stick with me Dream Team and let’s have some fun as we go about this journey together.