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Getting out of your comfort zone with Gaisce

Jane has completed bronze and is now heading for the gold award.

Written by Jane Lucey and posted in opinion

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‘Well done you’re halfway there’ the American accent on the app tells me. Only halfway? This is my third attempt at running. My third ‘first day running.’ I hate the app ‘Couch to 5K’ because it makes me run but I also love it because it makes me run. My third attempt to start but it works. I tell myself that I have to run for another year to complete my Gaisce. Gaisce is my motivation. Now I am on my fourth day and actually starting to like the idea of ‘going for a run.’

This will be my physical recreation that will last a year. Fifty two weeks. I can do this.

As for my personal skill, I am developing my baking blog. I’ve always had an interest in baking and blogging. I created my blog two years ago but never felt motivated to write regularly. However after signing baking and blogging up as my personal skill I have been spending more time recently developing it. Once again, Gaisce is my motivation.

It was difficult to find a community involvement activity that would last 52 weeks. For my bronze award I helped out at the after school service. But for an activity to last a year I needed to find something that I could also do at the weekends when I am home from college. I realised that there is a historical society in my area, so every week I gather stories for them. I enjoy every story I gather and I feel like I am getting to know my community more every week.
I completed my residential project in Connemara in Co. Galway. I learnt so much about the area: local sayings, seanfhocals, sean-nós songs, dancing and we even met a local author. Gaisce required me to be there for five nights, but I was there for two weeks.

The thought of an adventure journey scares me. Four days of adventure for a non-adventurous person? But then I remind myself that from my running I will be able to do it. Also I enjoyed the bronze adventure journey so much that the gold journey will be even more fun and more of a challenge.

I am looking forward to creating the ‘Mary I Gold Gaisce society’ in Mary Immaculate College in September. I will be the secretary of the society. I am looking forward to helping other students find suitable activities and, even though I won’t admit it to myself, the adventure journey. Let’s go for gold. Bring it on.

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Published June 12th, 2015
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