My Challenge to You
Since I first began this trip I have been thinking about the concept of a challenge. One from me to you and vice versa. You see, I am going to get up everyday for the next ten months and do everything I can to paddle to Quebec City. Now for me, that is a huge undertaking and will represent a significant personal accomplishment, but it is not my goal.
Paddling to Canada is just the vehicle for achieving my goals, it is not the actual goal. For me, the goal is awareness and education about our waters. It is about being good stewards of our resources in a balanced way. Creating policy that recognizes the economic reality of those that live on the water or that make their livelihood through the water in a way that balances with the needs of the resources themselves. Yes, that is right, the needs of the resources are a vital part of the equation.
Not only would I like to impart this message to adults, but perhaps even more importantly, to our children. It seems like every generation states the same thing, but if we are able to make a shift in our children and their sense of stewardship versus ownership then we have done good.
So, my challenge to you: What are you going to do for the next ten months that will enrich your life and the lives of others. My challenge is for you to match me on some level. It could be some thing you do in general over ten months, it could be something that you do every day for ten months, I wont even go to something that matches my number of paddle strokes, but i am sure you get the point.
So, if you accept the challenge, and I hope you do, come back here, tell us all what it is, and then update us on your progress. I & we, will be your cheering section. Imagine the good we could do if even half the people that visit this site took the challenge.
To sweeten the pot, I will have an independent group judge a MVP challenger at the end of the trip and award them a limited edition print, numbered and signed.
Will you take the challenge?