Today I had a speaking engagement at The Center for Success and Independence and spoke first to the girls and then to the guys. Theses really impressive young people were between 12-17 years old, staying anywhere from 5-9 months. Many of them had been in treatment before and this was the “end of the line.” I can remember being in treatment at that age, and feeling like 6 months was a lifetime, and I was able to share my experience, strength and hope with them for several hours.
I was invited that night to mountain bike with the kids of Cornerstone. I had only ever ridden a mountain bike once before and I must say I was a little nervous about breaking an arm or something. These kids were fearless about little things like going over the handlebars, and it took me 20 minutes or so before I was able to “keep up”. It was new and challenging enough to navigate sharp turns and narrow paths with roots and jumps galore. Then it got dark and we turned on our lights and things became increasingly difficult – but I had a blast! I was blown away with these kids. They had done a three hour ride earlier followed by a resistance training circuit and then ending this two hour night ride. They were training to prepare for a month long mountain biking trip in Idaho- and some of them had just returned from a 3-week dog-sledding trip from Alaska! I was kind of jealous of all the cool things these kids get to do all over the country.