I’m a pretty lucky person.  I don’t know a lot of things, but that’s one thing I am absolutely, positively confident about.  I lead a charmed life, filled with loving, wonderful, intelligent people.  I’ve never had to go without something I needed.  I’ve been given (and worked my toosh off for) an excellent education.  I am healthy.  I have everything.

I imagine most of the folks who read this blog (all 5 of your wonderful selves), like me, live in a world that is filled with opportunity.  For a long time, I thought everyone saw the world this way: full of potential, available to everyone.

Boy was I wrong.

For lots of people, opportunity doesn’t exist.  The world is harsh, full of predators, and it’s going to chew you up and spit you out. Whether its because of the conditions of the environment, challenges at home, or an internal battle, not everyone lives in a world with potential.

This is heartbreaking.

I think everyone deserves to feel like tomorrow can be a better day.  Everyone deserves to feel like they can change direction and believe that things can be better or different.  That’s why I am so lucky to be involved with Back on My Feet.

BoMF is a “national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.”  

They let me run, three days a week, with an incredible team of runners.  Some of my teammates are residents at a local shelter, some of my teammates are runners from the neighborhood.  We get up at an ungodly hour, start our warmups before the sun is up, and it is the most awesome thing I’ve done in years.  I look forward to waking up at 4:30am to run with this team.  

Some of the individuals I run with, didn’t feel like the world held a lot of opportunity.  BoMF literally gets folks back on their feet and into a supportive community of runners.  There’s a lot more to it, but the team running alone has already inspired me and some of my fellow runners into believing that one day at a time, with one foot in front of the other, we can move forward into a future full of opportunity for everyone.  There are second, third and fourth chances for all of us.  Even if you weren’t lucky enough to be brought into the world in a perfect bubble like mine, you can have a bright future.

I am so grateful to BoMF.  They’re not solving all the problems of the world.  They’re giving individuals an opportunity to see what’s possible.  They’re empowering individuals to set goals and reach them.   That’s pretty powerful stuff.  

Thank you BoMF, and thank you to my fellow runners, for making the 5:30-6:30am hours the best of my week. 

To learn more about Back on My Feet (or to make a donation!), visit http://www.backonmyfeet.org/.

About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans


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