I’ve been told before (and it’s not a shock to me) that I don’t paint myself in the most positive light. I tend to disagree just because I feel like the times I’ve made bad calls, taken the wrong turn or broken the law has taught me something about myself or about the people around me. But I understand the sentiment.
I voluntarily call myself an alcoholic, drug addicted pugilist with the moral compass of a magnet. But you readers would be bored out of your minds if I shared the stories that don’t include any of those characteristics. No one wants to hear about the time I spent studying in a library or the number of times I had semester honors. You’d be bored to hear about the marketing brain-children I’ve stupidly given away to people who would go on to make more money than I. So I pick and choose to paint myself in this light for you. Honestly, you should consider yourself lucky about that.
But in case you were worried that I have no redeeming qualities, I’ll have you know that I try to make a habit of spending my time and money on charity and causes.
I’ve done a number of bike “races” to raise money for everything from bicycle safety and awareness to breast cancer and lung disease.
I’ve done and/or donated to the Walk for Autism Speaks. This is a cause close to my family because my sister has been working with children and families affected by Autism for as long as I can remember.
I’ve handed out water as part of Team Hydration Station at the Chicago Marathon. (Picture posted above)
I’ve done the
Walk Spew For the Zoo: a hybrid between doing a 5K walk around Lincoln Park Zoo to raise money to maintain its free admission and throwing up from being super drunk/hungover from the night before.
Gizmo and I have walked for puppy cancer and we’re working on him becoming a service aide who goes to nursing homes and works with the elderly.
So yeah, I’ve been THISCLOSE to being arrested a number of times. I’ve stolen things. I’ve gone on weekend long benders. I’ve lied. I’ve cheated. I’ve done a lot of things that make for wonderful stories along the way, but I may have earned my way out of the deepest pits of hell with the good that I try to put out there.
Or at least a girl can hope.
What about you? What charity/causes do you support. Why are they important to you? Maybe I can jump on board with your cause as well…