Thursday, April 3, 2008

Don't just exist. Live.

Don't say I didn't warn you...this post has nothing to do with bikes. But that's's my blog so I can say what I want, right?

Sometimes life deals you a bad hand. Sometimes, life deals you many bad hands within a relatively short span of time. When you get dealt a series of bad hands at the poker table in Las Vegas, you just stop playing...but life just doesn't work that way. You can't just walk away from your bad hands and stop playing. You must stay in the game.

Sometimes I feel as if I have been dealt a few bad hands over the past few years. Just like that figurative poker table in Las Vegas, I chose to just "walk away" from the game in an emotional sense. My lack of blog entries over the past several months has been one of many by-products of this withdrawal.

Several events have contributed to me sort of "waking up" to the fact that I need to be playing the game of life just a little differently. I've realized that nobody is going to hand over the good stuff in life on a silver have to make the good stuff happen for yourself. Visualize it. Commit to it. Make it happen. Don't wait for someday...ever notice that "someday" never happens? I have. Carpe diem...seize the day.

I'm finally realizing that life's big rewards aren't easily attained without taking a bit of a risk. As a society, we spend entirely too much time worrying about trying to look good or avoid looking bad. Sometimes, you just have to be willing to look like a complete jackass from time to time. It's the only way we grow.

So the horse bucked me off. That's OK; it happens to all of us from time to time. I'm ready to get back on and ride it again. There's a real difference between existing and living. When you merely exist on this planet, your life runs you. When you live, you run your life. Don't just exist. Live.

It's time to ride.


Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...


Live each day like the gift it is.

Looking forward to seeing more posts here again. Sincerely.

Doug said...

If more people could figure this out we would all be better off

Fritz said...

Hey Jill, sometimes it's necessary to withdraw a little and regroup, but yeah, you're right there's also the time when it's necessary to push through the pain and keep going. I'm going through a season of pain too right now, but I also know this season will pass.

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace. -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Kevin said...

I couldn't agree with you more. We get so caught up in our routines and comfort zones that we sometimes forget to live. I think some people have been so conditioned by the media and society that they may never truly live. Pushing our limits on a bike is one outlet where we can get away from it all and feel alive. It's such a raw experience: you, the bike, the trail. Oh, and, bikes don't talk back and tell us how to live our lives.
Thank you for writing this post!

Mel said...

Great post Jill. It made me think of something Winston Churchill once said, "If you're going through hell, keep going."

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Anonymous said...

thanks for the inspiration

glad you are 'back on the horse'