In an earlier post I agonized somewhat about the reason I am doing this ride. When hearing of this trip one of the first questions people ask is, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Over time, several people have offered perfectly good suggestions:
- to raise money for a charitable cause
- to hi-lite some worthy endeavor
- to speak about something special
Their intentions are honorable but leave me feeling somewhat guilty about wanting to go simply because I am wanting to go. So, I have ponded the Why question for about four months and finally decided to accept the fact that I am going simply because I want to go.
The bottom line? Maybe I am supposed to go on a blind leap of faith. ‘Blind leap of faith,’ you say? Yes. Maybe I will discover why I am going somewhere along the path while I am going.
Am I wasting a 4,400 mile opportunity to talk about something profound with potentially hundreds of people? I have decided that answer is no. Is it being selfish by not promoting something akin to a higher good? Again, I don’t think so.
If I do this trip in a manner that brings me substantial happiness and satisfaction, will I not be able to radiate my happiness on those I meet. At that point, who knows where the conversation will go. At least the discussions will go in a mutually interesting direction rather than my attempting to direct the conversation to achieve a specified end goal. Maybe my purpose in doing this will be to allow the people I meet to walk away feeling happier. Maybe they will have a few new stories in their back pocket to share about some over weight guy pedaling his #%*& cross country on a funny looking bicycle.
I know the people I meet on this trip will brighten my day; maybe I can do the same for them. Yes, I think I am finally comfortable in saying I am doing this just because I want to do this. I am doing this because I want to share life with other people and allow them the opportunity to share with me.