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Climbing the CN Tower for a Cause: An Experience of Introspection and Connections

dr kent cn tower climb wwfLast weekend, my children and I embarked on a bucket list event by climbing the CN Tower to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-Canada). While we had anticipated the physical challenge of ascending all 144 floors, we were unprepared for the profound personal experiences that awaited us.

As we began our ascent, the excitement and nervousness from participants was palpable. As we climbed higher, a sense of camaraderie grew among the participants. We all shared words of encouragement, high-fived, and cheered each other on, as we rested or climbed. It was a reminder that we are not alone and that the support of others can make all the difference even in a stairwell!

The higher we climbed, the tougher it got. The mood was much quieter and the resting longer. It was a time for a quick conversation with those resting; and, it also created the opportunity to disconnect from the distractions of daily life for the moment. The steps created a rhythmic movement of our bodies and the steady rhythm of our breath and steps created a meditative state, allowing us to just be.

Among the climbers, I witnessed an incredible inclusivity. People of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds came together for a common purpose. Whether seasoned climbers or first-timers, everyone was treated with respect and kindness. It was a testament to the power of a shared goal to break down barriers and foster a sense of unity.

I was particularly proud of my children. My son, with his determination and unwavering spirit, climbed with remarkable speed and achieved his goal in record time even though he had stopped to wait for me.  My daughter, a bright and compassionate young woman, climbed alongside me, sharing her thoughts and aspirations. In those shared moments, I felt a deep sense of peace and gratitude, knowing that she is well-equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead as she moves to the next stages of life and education.

The experience of climbing the CN Tower was not merely a physical feat. It was a journey. It reminded us of the importance of setting goals, persevering through adversity, and finding strength in the support of others. I feel like this is also a reflection of the people we see daily in the office. Their struggles, their triumphs, their challenges and their joys. My time on the stairs was very reminiscent of all that we do in providing health care in our community and I have an abundance of gratitude for this entire experience.  I did not know what expect when I signed up but will plan next year’s climb with the whole family!

As we reached the top of the tower and gazed out at the breathtaking views, we felt a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. We had not only raised funds for an important cause but had also created memories that would last a lifetime. The experience had been transformative, connecting us with ourselves, each other, and the wider world.

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