If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. — Ernst Straus (orig. French), cited by Einstein: A Centenary Volume at 32
I'm 46, yet I still feel like a kid. Maybe its because I'm gay, no kids, and live happily with my partner. Maybe its because when I set my goals, I set them properly. Among my goals are: put my health first, learn to be an athlete, make sure my husband is happy, and not live for money. Sometimes, I think that these are weak goals and that I could do more. But then I get on my bike.
I ride my bike every weekend. I rarely ride less than 60 miles in a weekend, or less than 100 miles in a week. I usually ride at least 200 miles per week. I never set this as a goal, it just happened.
When I tell people I'm going for a bike ride, they often brighten and smile and ask me how long I'm going. When I respond "30," "40," "50" miles or more, their faces darken and they ask: "Why?" To which I never seem to have an answer that I think sounds satisfying. But really, I know why: cycling helps me achieve all of my goals.
|Danny and I on an ALC Training Ride 1/26/13|
Plus, each ride is an adventure. There's always something amazing to see — things you cannot see from your car. Every time I go out there, I learn something new about Northern California, human nature, and the world in general. And learning is the most important thing we can do.
What better goals could I possibly have on this mote of dust we call home? There are more grandiose goals which I consider vital — helping others, learning about the cosmos, dispelling ignorance — but one must start those personally. Hopefully, I'm doing my part with these goals, too, however amorphous they may seem in my day-to-day life. And that is one reason I ride in the AIDS/LifeCycle: to help others and dispel ignorance.
So, please donate to my ride!