Well, it has been a slow week here at EC. I took a little spill a week ago that has limited my cycling a bit. I landed on my shoulder pretty good and for a while I couldn't even raise a pint glass. I finally made it to the doctor, got the thing x-rayed and am waiting to hear the results. My feeling is that it's nothing serious, just some sore and swollen tendons.
Anyway, it was the first crash of any note in a long time and it reminded me that I'm not as tough as my bike. Flesh and bone (and tendons apparently). This sort of sent me on a thought spiral about life in general and the strange case of our mortality. We're all not very long on this earth. Now, while this may cause some to want to stay indoors and jump in bed it has made me want to go out and live life as an adventure.
I think it was all the Emerson that I read in high school.
"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist!"
"To be great is to be misunderstood!"
You get the idea.
I've always had a keen sense of my own mortality and it has shaped my life quite a bit. It is why I do what I do. Why I run my own business (and a non-traditional one at that). Hey, it's also why I love touring and the wonderful stuff I review on this site!
When you know your time is finite, you don't want to spend it doing something that is not enjoyable or doesn't captivate you. For me, that is what I love about a bicycle tour compared to my past vacations. Before touring, I would do the typical vacation of hopping on a plane or driving, getting a hotel, gorging myself silly and buying stuff -- but I never felt like I DID anything. As much money and movement there was involved, it was still a largely passive act. Life in HD but not life itself.
But with touring, man, you feel every slight curvature of the earth. You are Sisyphus and like him, every banal act engages your senses and takes on meaning. The very act from moving from A to B is an adventure in of itself.
It's also why I like some nice bike stuff :) If you only have a few good decades of riding, don't spend it on some soul-less piece of crap, that is mass produced by the millions. For me, that really is why I like stuff on Riv, VO and Acorn. Yes, the bits are expensive but you know they will be well made and with proper care, they'll last you a lifetime (and one of those is all you get).
So anyway, I didn't mean to get all morbid. Maybe I hit more than my shoulder on the way down :) My feeling is that I'm not alone in thinking this and that great deal of my readers probably feel the same? Thoughts? How many are self-employed or feel like you're forging your own path?
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