I have been looking forward to this post for quite some time ….
One thing I learned from six years of intense caregiving is that I cannot and should not expect other people to live their lives the way I choose to live mine. While I used to get po’d at the way people choose to take care of themselves physically, mentally and spiritually, today I breathe deeply and allow them – as I should – their own choices.
I began riding a bicycle with unwavering commitment in January 2010. Nearly seven years ago, I started recording every bicycle mile, hiking mile and swimming mile I accumulated here in the Sonoran Desert. I chuckle when I told that to an acquaintance who responded, “I really don’t need to do that.” Six years later, I wonder how many miles that person has ridden, or even walked …. After several years, it occurred to me that I could circumvent Earth on my bicycle IF I held true to my commitment to do it. That became my goal.
According to Google, the circumference of our planet is 24,901 miles.
This morning, I completed my mission on an 18.33 mile ride up the Cańada del Oro Wash as I recorded my 24,901st mile since I logged the first 7.73 mile ride on January 1, 2010.
It is a big deal to me. There were many days when I could have offered many excuses not to ride, but I did it anyway. I did it for myself, and I did it as an example for my kids and for my grandchildren. It is finished.
I will continue to ride, but I am contemplating a new goal as Mrs. tVM and I move north. I’m thinking Everest, but I don’t think my bike will work on steep snow. One thing for sure … my first purchase in Minnesota will be snowshoes!
As I learned from Sister Joan Chittister,
“We miss so much of life because we decline to pursue it.”
I will NEVER fall victim to that temptation