For me whenever I want to do what I love, running, I simply put on a pair of shoes, throw in some earbuds, and march out the front door with little thought. It seems so easy to just get out and run and escape the seriousness of day-to-day life.
I never put much thought into how simple it is for me to run and I never appreciated it, until I broadened my perspective with Swift Youth Foundation. Many kids do not have a pair of running shoes and can not simply drop everything to destress with a peaceful run. To go outside, which I usually do with little thought, there are things that need to be done and obstacles that need to be overcome.
I created a one mile fun run/walk at my school to symbolize this inequality. I also intentionally pointed out that like Swift, at this run we are all starting from the same start line and nobody has more obstacles to overcome.
After all, I would rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies, meaning more is not always better.
This event marked my end to my senior project at Swift Youth Foundation and I am incredibly sad to see it ending. I can honestly say that working with Swift has changed me for the better, and if anyone wants to know what I mean, I strongly encourage you to get involved and see for yourself. Quickly, I’d like to thank everyone on the Swift staff and board for making me feel so welcome and apart of the organization since day 1. Particularly my site advisor, Pamelle (Go Devils!!) Thank you.
To read more about Lexi's Senior Project, check out her Swiftly Forward blog. We wish Lexi, and all of our graduating seniors, the best of luck! Congratulations from Swift Youth Foundation!