Oh dear, I appear to be slacking on my Pay it forward posts. Sorry, I must hold myself more accountable.
Today is Pay it Forward Day, so I really should get a post out 🙂
I had a blog idea planned for last week, but it never got written. Did I doubt my thoughts and feelings? Perhaps. Did I think it would reflect badly on me? Definitely.
It all started with a friend who was running the London Marathon. Running a marathon is a huge achievement, it takes guts, determination and loads of fitness. So of course they are well within their rights to ask for sponsorship. And I recognise how hard they have worked to get there, so of course I would sponsor them.
However, there are more and more people running marathons these days. I am a regular member at the gym and friends, family and colleagues have been known to take part, so I know lots of marathon runners. Do I sponsor them all? Then what happens when someone does an uber-challenge? Should I sponsor them more because what they have chosen to take on is harder?
Then there are friends with kids who take on sponsored challenges. I know, I was a Brownie, and I remember doing sponsored silences, bake sales etc.
I want to support my friends, but I don’t want to be a Scrooge. I don’t really know what I am trying to say. All I know is it is hard.
So what did I do? I sponsored my friend. I sponsored bigger than I usually would, and I kept it anonymous. Then I felt guilty because I could have ‘spread the love’ a bit thinner and supported more people.
NB: For anyone who is a regular reader and knows I did the Sport Relief Mile – I didn’t ask for sponsorship because I didn’t feel I was challenging myself hard enough. I stumped up the money for these events myself.
How do you feel about sponsored events? How do you manage them?