Sunset Sunday – The Road Back to (for) New York

Yesterday I drove back to New York. My return from Pennsylvania, via Interstate 80 through New Jersey, took just less than three hours but I know the “real” road back for New York City will take longer. Much longer.

I planned for a different Sunday today. As you might know, today was marathon Sunday in New York and I hoped for a Marathon Sunset in Central Park.  I circle this event on the calendar every year. The inspiration and joy of the NYC marathon lifts my soul (and  the souls of all who witness the event). Marathon Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year.

sunset on Interstate 80 and the road to New York City

photo taken with iPhone.

I know Mayor Bloomberg grappled with the decision of whether or not to hold the race, and ultimately thought it was in the best interest of the city and its people not to run it.  I don’t plan to argue the merits of that decision, but I do plan to make a personal change.

Today, instead of cheering on thousands of runners (blowing my vuvuzela) as they travel through all five boroughs, I will be doing something different to lift my spirit and the spirit of this great City. The higher vibration I receive from helping others accomplish a goal will be obtained differently this year.  I will give back to my community in a different way. Yes, I plan to obtain that marathon high from volunteering my efforts to help make the road back from Super Storm Sandy easier. It’s time to Stay Adventurous in service to others in New York. I hope you will join me and still celebrate this day (and the days ahead) by lifting the spirits of others, and ultimately yourself, by lending a helping hand.

Stay adventurous, Craig

Feel free to comment below with any suggestions, organizational details or links looking for volunteers or supplies to assist in the recovery of New York and the surrounding areas from the storm. I will keep you informed of what I find and do, on the Stay Adventurous Facebook Fan page. Let’s all help. 


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  • Traveling Ted

    Great idea. I am sure there is no shortage of ways you can help as it seems the task to rebuild is so monumental.

  • Maryann

    A kind and wonderful lady in my community (in Pennsylvania) has organized as Assistance program, filling a huge trailer truck with collected items, coats, hats, gloves, diapers, baby formula, blankets etc and delivering them to locations in New Jersey and Breezy Point. To help is the least one can do. Also to say a pray for all the people who have lost so much. Thanks for reminding us to take time from our lives to help others in their time of need.

  • Leah Travels

    I certainly think you’re on the right track. I’ve been trough several hurricanes in Houston and have been fortunate not to have damage to my home, but I know plenty of people who did. After Ike I went without electricity for two weeks, but it was nothing compared to those who lost everything. Well done, Craig.

  • lola

    you know i like this idea! doing something for others in need really does make everyone feel better. i know so many people will be grateful for your time & support. keep your chin up & a smile on your face & stay adventurous! xo – lola

  • The World Wanderer

    Aww, great post and great sunset! It’s been a tough week, but so nice to see everyone join together.

  • Maggie Mistal

    Thanks for leading by example Craig. We (I) can sometimes get wrapped up in our own situations, that we forget to take care of others. People like you make this a wonderful world.

  • Raul

    Great perspective, Craig. Too many people just sit and whine.

  • Francesca

    Good on ya, Craig. Way to “stay adventurous in service to others”. You’ve got the right spirit and your heart is in the right place.

  • Jetting Around

    Great thinking, Craig. You truly live by your motto. Cheers to you!

  • Maria

    I like the play on your site name in this post, “Stay adventurous in service to others” – It’s made me realize that service to others doesn’t have to be a big check, if you don’t have that you can do something smaller but just as meaningful and stay adventurous can lend itself to so many parts of life in a multitude of ways. Thanks!

  • craig zabransky

    I’d like to thank everyone for their comments on this post… I did do some volunteer work after the storm in NYC, but this past year reminded me how much is needed, how good I felt helping, and how I can continue to stay adventurous in service.

    There is still so much to do from Sandy and no shortage of assistance needed across the world… I am really going to make the “Stay Adventurous in Service” a bigger part of the site and my life going forward. Thank you all for your words of encouragement and support.

    Stay adventurous, Craig