Inspiration lurks in ordinary things.
It's natural to admire adventurers who embark on extraordinary journeys or undertake once-in-a-lifetime feats. But for many of us, taking long breaks from work to indulge our wanderlust isn't practical on a regular basis, so adventures and breathtaking experiences are relegated to special moments in our lives: the year after college, milestone birthdays or anniversaries, retirement.
Several weeks ago a visitor to our shop mentioned he set up a weekly cycling challenge for himself to commemorate his 50th birthday, and he was planning to reward himself with a special bike at some point in the year. I didn't realize it was a moment of inspiration for me. After all, my own 50th birthday had passed without much fanfare, overshadowed by the prospect of closing an old family business looming on the horizon. So I chatted with our customer about possible bike options, and places he was planning to ride.
But the conversation stayed with me, and I realized I was mauling it over in my mind, and somewhere, an idea was taking shape. Chris and I are both turning 52 this year. After the upheaval of losing our business, we have to start from the beginning. Only now we are almost twice as old as we were when we started the first one. So we've decided not to wait around for the opportunity to leave ordinary life behind and travel the world in search of thrill and excitement. Instead, we're going to make our own, squeezing every last possible drop of fun and adventure out of ordinary life.
In our 52nd year, we're going to go on 52 weekly bike adventures. Originally, we were planning for each ride to be 52 miles, but winter can be tricky, so instead of leaving the door open to trip ourselves up, we decided that shorter rides in less-than-ideal weather will be fine, as long as they're fun and adventurous.
During the warmer months, some of the 52 rides will overlap with rides and adventures we're planning to share with the Cosmic Bikes community: Shop Rides, overnight micro-adventures, Brompton rides, and women's rides. How are we going to to all this? I don't have the faintest idea, other than it will mean spending a lot less time in the virtual world, and a lot more time living in the real one.
But it is on paper, and it is happening -- we're looking forward to making 2017 the Year Of Living Adventurously!!