8 Life Lessons We Learned at the NatGeo Earth Day Run

Written by: Giorgia Ocampo Danga and Nicole Villaluz
Photos by: Chloe King and FOX Networks Group

On Earth day, April 22, National Geographic with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines successfully launched the #NotPlastic campaign at the Mall of Asia during the annual NatGeo Earth Day Run.

The WIM Team joined over 16,000 eco warriors at the fun run’s ninth year. The spirit was so high and the atmosphere was so inspiring, we couldn’t help but be reflective while running. Here were the things running through our head while ~running~ (walking) the 5K.

8. You are never alone.

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Whatever you’ve going through in life, whether you are aware or not, someone out there is going through the same thing too. Someone out there understands. Someone out there will be there for you, only if you ask.


7. It’s a big no to go to battlefield unarmed.

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Whether in life or in other things, you have to prepare yourself for whatever challenge you’re about to face.

6. Everyone has his and her own pace.

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And that’s okay. It’s not about winning. It’s about the journey.




5. It’s okay to slow down.


We all run different paces in life. It’s okay to be a little (or a lot) behind, if you need to be.

4. It’s even okay to take a break.


Tired? Be kind to yourself. Rest.

3. It doesn’t matter who you are.

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Why should who you are, what you are, where you come from stop you from enjoying this life? Want to do something? Don’t let your doubts stop you. Do it.

2. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey.


Winning is great, that’s true, but what’s most important is that you live this life enjoying and loving what you do.

1. Everything will be worth it in the end.



All the pain and struggles? Those things won’t matter in the end. Once you cross that finish line, it will all feel so, so worth it.

After finishing the run, here’s what we realized. That the process towards reaching the finish line is very much like the process of going through life and achieving your goals. And that there’s really one important thing you need to do to get there: to keep going.

Were you there at the NatGeo run too? What did you learn from your own experience? Share it in the comments!

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