Over the past few weeks over 20,000 people across our nation have been running the Special Olympics Flame of Hope through all 50 states to raise awareness around the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The Unified Relay Across America (URAA) sponsored by Bank of America has successfully united people in building respect and inclusion on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities. After each segment of the run is completed, there have been daily community celebrations highlighted by the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. New Mexico had two – one at the plaza in Santa Fe and the other at Tim’s Place in Albuquerque. Both of these included remarks from celebrities, dignitaries, sponsors, coaches, athletes, and Board members. Although each of these community events took on different forms – both had a shared purpose – that of CELEBRATION.
Celebrating our experiences in life is important, and in my opinion, we don’t do it enough. Celebration takes us out of daily routine to engage us in a deeper purpose. It adds excitement and fun to days of ordinary living. Celebration gives us something to look forward to, and during lives that are so busy and filled with way too much stress – celebration helps to sustain us.
The best part of celebration is that we do it TOGETHER.