Sadly Jordan is no longer with us, but this is his story from Kelda’s own perspective and why she’s rowing for him on her first day on the Atlantic.
“Jordan helped to inspire me to take on this whole challenge.
Jordi first came on a Climbing Out programme in 2015, I met him later that year when he came back on another event with the Climbing Out Club and I was immediately struck by his enthusiasm, energy and passion for life. You just knew he was going to be someone who would go on to do great things!
Unfortunately life had other plans.
Sadly Jordan died on the 3rd February 2017 after a brave fight with Leukaemia.
I went to the service for Jordan, and his passion for life was so evident. It was a service celebrating his life, the crematorium was so full, people had to stand outside. In a weird way it felt like a happy occasion... how I have no idea.
What became so evident was how Jordi valued every single day he had and was determined to make the very most of life, he was such a good person and treated people with respect.
There were so many people at the crematorium wearing Mountain Rescue uniforms.
“Why” I asked?
“Because after coming on a Climbing Out programme Jordan had become a volunteer with the Bolton Mountain Rescue.” I was told.
I didn’t even know that!
What hit me was the ripple effect Climbing Out can have... and we often don’t even know about it. Through that 5 day programme Jordan had gone on to do something amazing that ultimately helped others too.
The number of Mountain Rescue guys at his service showed how much regard they held for this young man.
At the start of the service a poem was read called “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. I’ve included it below. The poem is all about how you have your birth date, and you have the date on your tomb stone, but it doesn’t actually matter what this end date is, it’s what you do with the Dash in between that matters.
This poem really resonated with me. This was how I wanted to live my life, and wow, how amazing would it be if we could encourage, inspire, motivate others to live their life in this way too.
Jordan wanted to inspire others to make the most of their life, how ever long it may last... just like he had.
I came away from that service uplifted and inspired... it seemed like a crazy emotion for such a sad occasion, but that’s just the kind of person Jordan was.
And so I walked away from that afternoon with my decision made. I would row the Atlantic!
And I would embrace it and enjoy it and make the most of the incredible opportunity in front of me... but as Jordan would have wanted, my aim is to do more than just make the most of my own dash... let’s keep his legacy going and inspire others to grab their dash with both hands and LIVE IT!
This poem will be printed on the boat in front of my rowing seat to remind me to value every single day, no matter how tough it gets.
Let’s do this Jordan!
The Dash – By Linda Ellis
I Read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend,
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
From the beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
That they spent alive on earth,
And now only those who loved them
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;
The cars… the house… the cash.
What matters is how we live and love,
And how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more,
And love the people in our lives
Like we never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read,
With your life’s actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?