Yesterday's RIDE FOR AMELIE was truly one of the most inspiring moments I've ever experienced.
Alisha instructed the class, and let me just tell ya: it was INCREDIBLE. deeply moving. profoundly uplifting.
We had SUCH a great turnout--so many badass Amelie's Angels were there, including the hero of the hour, Amelita herself! (The music was too loud for her neurologically sensitive ears, so she couldn't stay long.)
One of the things Alisha said during class truly affected me and I've been thinking about it ever since...she said:
"Every day, we do stuff for ourselves. We always show up to spin class or the gym for OURSELVES. But today, you showed up for someone else, for a cause greater than yourself. Today you showed up for Amelie, who's fighting for her life, and you're here today for all the kids at Rady Children's who are fighting for their lives. Today we are here for Amelie, for these kids. Ride like you mean it." This was before the ride even started and already there were tears.
Seeing so many people there on a Saturday night was heart-wrenchingly amazing! People I know and love (my Tribe, of course) and people I didn't know. To all of you, my God, THANK YOU.
The last two songs Alisha asked everyone to focus solely on AMELIE, on sending her energy and love, and I just bawled my eyes out. I had barely drank anything all day (except the pre-ride beer, which, in hindsight, might not have been the best move bc my legs were cramping the entire time..oh well, #yolo!) and it was sunny and hot, even at 5:30pm in the evening, it was WARM. The venue was SO COOL--all outdoors, at a place where quartyard shipping containers have been converted into bars, with ICE COLD beer, i mean, it was the coldest beer I've ever consumed, it was spectacular, lots of picnic tables, and, b/c it's San Diego and this is what we do: fish taco stand. It was the perfect place to come together and celebrate.
THANK YOU RUSH Cycle, Quartyard, Alisha, my homegirl, VonsZipper, Garmin, LuluLemon, Tracy and Daron who dutifully as BFFs came early to help load bikes, and all the people who showed up for "something greater than themselves, for Amelie." I'm crying even now. I went to bed last night, for the first time in a LONG TIME, with a FULL HEART. I woke up SMILING, joyous, and ready to fight another day. I feel RENEWED and REGENERATED and I'm not gonna let anything steal it away from me. and it's because of everyone who came to the ride. and because of AMELIE. my sweet, darling daughter. my special little girl, who's touched so many, and whom I've always said is "my rib and I can't breathe without her." I know now: her suffering hasn't gone unnoticed or isn't in vain--seeing people cheer for her and for us as family, has breathed pranyama into my being.
GRAZIE amici! GRAZIE angeli di Amelie!!!
PS Alisha Molina from Rush Cycle and Orange Theory Fitness (and hopefully, one day her own fitness company, b/c she's that good) instructed the class. Actually, she did way more than that. Not only did she promote it every day, over and over, but she rented the huge Uhaul trucks, and personally loaded and unloaded all 65 bikes from two separate Rush Cycle locations to the downtown event location, in San Diego traffic no less. She worked her tail off ALL DAY. and I can't express my deepest gratitude for her spirit and hard work, and she did it all with sass and a smile! (with a sassy smile? smiley sass? not sure how to word that, but you get my drift.)