Over the last few weeks, I've watched Ara get ready for his big Kili trip.
He leaves to climb Mount Kilimanjaro on the morning of July 21st and he's doing it for the Larchfield Charity Organization. Together with others, their aim is to raise funds to build homes for underprivileged children in Tanzania.
In the last month we've organised a charity book and bake sale, a charity basketball tournament, talked to countless people and done endless research. I've realised it's fairly easy to talk about, write about, read about.
Living it however, isn't as easily done.
I wanted this post to be about all the hard work he's put in. The hours at the gym and at the weekly Friday trainings. The time he's spent researching the right gear, preparing himself mentally, talking to me about the minute details and all the other hundred things he's done in preparation for the climb.
But I can't.
Instead, all that's in my head and my heart, is pride.
I am proud of how he keeps reminding himself why he's doing this and who it is going to benefit.
Of how he has gone about this - all guns blazing, pushing himself mentally and physically.
I am proud when I watch him talk to others about the climb - educating, informing, inspiring - all the while not realising what a big deal it is.
Of how he is worried about himself and about us, because he is human.
I am proud of the boy who told me, "If I can do anything good with my love for fitness, that would be good, right?"
I am proud of the boy I married eight years ago. I continue to watch your heart get bigger and bigger and it never ceases to amaze me. What you and everyone in your group is doing, is amazing. But I am partial to you.
I will always be partial to you. Because you and I are drawn with the same pen and by the same Almighty hand. We were drawn with the same heart and the same love. You are mine as I am yours and for everything you are and all you are doing, I am proud of you.
You'd think after eight year of marriage, the flowery words would stop.
I find that they instead, start to mean a lot more.
I found this song yesterday and fell in love with it. I think you might too.
Enjoy your adventure and be safe. Love you much.