Do you like to run? How would you feel about running from Canada to Mexico?
Meet Norma Bastidas, ultra-marathoner and mother of two, who is running 2600 miles to raise awareness about violence and domestic abuse.
Norma left Vancouver on April 21st, and she ran past my house in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Today, she’s running through the Sonora Desert and she plans to arrive in her hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico on the 8th of July! You can follow her journey at: Running Home, A Journey to End Violence.
I am always inspired by people who do “impossible” things, so I felt very privileged to meet Norma. Her athletic career is nothing short of amazing: she has run ultra-marathons on all 7 continents and she’s also an accomplished mountaineer. She has run on all kinds of terrain, from the sands of Namibia to the ice of Antarctica. (How do you top that?)
But this journey is special. “I wanted to do something really hard,” she told me. “And I believe in what I’m doing.” She wants to put an end to violence. Does that seem impossible? Remember that this woman is running all the way from Canada to Mexico. There isn’t much that seems impossible to Norma.
When I heard she was coming to my house, I made sure to get her some fuel: multi-vitamins, L-glutamines, and lots of pasta! She was grateful for the dinner, but she was almost too excited to eat. Instead of focusing on her own amazing story, Norma kept asking me about my projects. She wanted to hear about my festival in Nepal, and my dreams of singing in Africa. She asked how I was using my music to inspire people.
Sitting on my couch on the 9th of June, Norma was absolutely glowing with happiness. (No one should look that beautiful after running every day for two months!) She couldn’t wait to tell me about her mission.
“Every time you decide to push the limits of what you think is possible, they get a little further,” she said. “But you have to be smart about it. You don’t want to put yourself in danger for no reason. So I always ask myself: am I afraid because it’s really dangerous, or am I just afraid to fail? If it’s just my ego talking, that’s not a good enough reason not to try.”
I think she’s right. It’s important to take risks sometimes. It’s not about winning a trophy or “being the best.” It’s about pouring your life into something that matters.
You might not be able to run sixty miles in a day like Norma Bastidas. But isn’t there something you’ve been wanting to do? Some dream you have given up because it feels impossible?
Michelangelo wrote, “the greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
So where is your next “finish line?” Maybe you could go just a little bit farther? Re-think your own boundaries. Push the limits of possible.