I am a huge fan of action movies. I have seen them all. This weekend when I was at home visiting my family, my mom, sister and I decided to go see Act of Valor. I had heard a lot about this movie since they had used actual Navy Seals to film it so I was very excited to see it. While watching it, I was amazed at the bravery these men had. They give up everything to defend our Country. Even if it was only a movie, it was more realistic for me knowing that the men in this movie were actually some of the men out there protecting our Country. At the end of the movie they recited a poem that inspired me to make sure that I live every day without regrets.
Strangely enough after I got out of the movie I received an email from a fellow blogger, Abby, who writes Run Stronger Every Day. Her husband is in the United States Marine Corps and while he was out on his second tour she wanted to get involved so she found the Fisher House Foundation and became part of their inaugural marathon team. She has now run 6 marathons with Team Fisher House and raised over $25,000. The Fisher House Foundation builds houses near military hospitals for the families of injured soldiers to stay for free while their soldier is recovering in the hospital. This year for the first time, Abby and her husband will be running the Marine Corps Marathon together as members of Team Fisher House.
To raise money for this they will be hosting a ride at Flywheel (UES) THIS SATURDAY, May 5th at 3pm. Master instructors Aleah Stander and former Marine, Steven Little have donated their time and will be leading the ride. To get a bike for this amazing ride all you have to do is donate $50 to Team Fisher House. For instructions on how to donate please email email@example.com. Donate quickly because I know the bikes will fill up fast. Along with an amazing ride there will also have an awesome raffle that will take place after the ride with a sweet treat from the Soft Serve Fruit Co. You will not want to miss this. Even if you can’t make it you should still donate because it is for such an amazing cause. For more information on the ride and the raffle you can check out her website here or go to the Facebook page. With that I leave you with the poem from the end of Act of Valor, I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me and I hope to see you at the ride on Saturday…
“ So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.” – Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh