Wow those are beautiful! Real pieces of art!
Wow those are beautiful! Real pieces of art!
Thank you. They pail in comparison to some I've seen others make but I'm still very proud of what I can make from bits of trees.
I fear social media. I fear the work involved in doing what I do. Mostly because deep in my mind I know what it requires and it means I must face my deepest insecurities and fears.
I have a place I go that I call my God place. I believe that at this place many of these things will be settled and revealed to me. I was a high flying person of means for most of my life I lost it all.
My son committed suicide, I won’t even bore you with the many details that all involved pain. You have all been thru them. I had cancer twice and a MRSA infection after a couple of the surgeries that really wanted to take me out. My marriage suffered. Money was my obsession and yet since the loss of everything I/We are making nothing we are simply surviving. The stress of this was unmeasurable.
I was offered a high 6 figure job recently. In all ways it was a dream job. In my previous line of work I always wanted more women involved. This has started and has been wonderful. Now I have an amazing woman offering me my dream job.
Then I started thinking about my dream, I started thinking about artists. Why do they create? For the money? Or do they create because they have to. Why do young people come out with the most beautiful poetry of feeling and passion with their music? Because they have the freedom of nothing yet built to lose and the F what the world thinks of them. They just do.
It hit me at that moment at my God place that I will no longer care about the money. It will not be my driving force. I love what I do because and even at my advanced age it is my music. It is what I love to do. I have no barriers of fear, they are all knocked down by the creation of knowing what I am doing is right.
Even if you have
Even if you need
I don't mean to stare
We don't have to breed
We could plant a house
We could build a tree
I don't even care
We could have all three
For me and my beautiful partner of 36 years the importance of doing what we do is the very essence of our love. As strange as it sounds. If I die with nothing I will have died doing what I love for the love of it and not for the money. It makes absolutely no sense and yet somehow it does.
People ask me, why do you adventure and sleep on the ground in a tent? It makes you look small, it makes you look like you are not a large company that some might not do business with you because of it. We simply do it because we love to do it.
And the greatest of these is love. It is important for now and the future.
Fogelberg, part of the plan.
Love when you can, cry when you have to, be who you must, that's a part of the plan. Await your arrival with simple
survival, and one day we'll all understand.
Geez... I don't know exactly what to say I just know I had to say something. Your response to this is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking things I've ever read.
I can also relate. I'll spare you the details but in the last 15 months I've experienced more loss and trauma than most people should have to in a lifetime. I lost my home in a fire and my son was born with a heart defect and has suffered through multiple surgeries and complications.
What I can say beyond all certainty is that we learn more about ourselves and the world when we have little to nothing than we do when we are content and comfortable. And coming out of it is the most important and critical time - it's when you should figure out how to pay it forward and contribute something meaningful to the world.
I believe you are like many other great people, you're making the world around you a better and more beautiful place. Follow your passion and the money will follow. Things usually have a way of working out.
Best to you <3
I sat watching the sunset with my wife last night. A sliver of a moon appeared and then disappeared again. Mars rose in all it’s splendor and I started rattling the speeds of things moving around us to my wife. The rotation of the earth, the speed we are traveling around the sun, the speed the our galaxy is turning.
I told her I cannot keep the speeds that things happen twirling in my head. Because it is the same types of things that we experience individually and in our daily lives. I asked her if we could remember the past and could we please just focus on the future.
Bless you and your future. Thank you for your kind words.
Thanks for sharing. Bikes are my life too. The bikes though aren't just motorbikes but include a wide assortment of non powered bicycles. Something about being on a bike and out in nature that makes me happy. I'm not the adventurer you are but it can still be an adventure for me when I'm only 15 minutes ride from home. Ride on!
Motorcycle riding and camping have been my life and will continue to be. This takes me to nature and lets me be me while having some great alone time in my helmet to think of things I normally don't take to think about.
I'm entering retirement age which is frightening to me because I can't see the future and find where my place is in it. Last summer I decided not to ride and try to focus on other things. I didn't accomplish much, I still camped some and I experienced a first. I have been trying to do at least one new thing a year.
Even with the plan of not riding for the season I ended up doing one "ride". I participated in a minibike race which was a lot of fun and so many laughs. I am not competitive and have never raced and my only goal was to stay up right and not crash. Our 5 member team rode that mini bike 100 miles on trails and was 10th out of 100 teams. Only about half the teams finished. It made me feel good that at 63 years old I still had enough in me to be able to do this.
Taking a season off from riding told me that I need to continue riding and camping to keep enjoying life. I also know if I can't do that when I ride because of financial reason there is no reason to retire.
You inspire me. My heroes are people who stay engaged and passionate in whatever they love, into their 80s & 90s. From that perspective, you're young and have so much to do. In your helmet time you can map out your next 30 years and inspire a lot of people.
This image made the New York Times and I got a kick out of it. Maybe it'll give you a smile too:
Here I am during my first time racing. This is coming in off my first 6 mile lap.