From 2013 and beyond, I discuss bikes, bedlam, beer and beautiful adventures- plus the occasional rant.
I'm the New Belgium Brewing Company's 2011 Tour de Fat "Car for Bike" trader in San Diego, CA.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair (via atheismfuckyeah)
I’ve always felt that my atheism actually pushes me to be a better person, because I’m not caught up in that fact that I am special or holy or better than others who don’t share my beliefs. No god is going to come save me or the world; it’s up to me to make the world a better place for others. I need to save people and help them because no higher power is going to swoop in and magically correct the world’s wrongs. I’m not doing things to win the approval of a cruel god, but because I care about humanity.
That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of religious people out their doing good work. But I suspect that many of them are doing things because they know that it’s up to us to change things and that no higher power is going to get rid of poverty, racism, disease, etc. (via curiousaleta)
As September strolls in, I am reminded of a few glorious things:
I want to provide you all with a few keys to hopefully do for you what they’ve done for me in terms of quality of life improvement, and perhaps you’ll follow my footsteps and take a plunge.
It’s not for the faint of heart; change is outside the comfort zone, learning curves can take time.
I recently stumbled on this blog which really mirrors what I encountered in my first year of solely commuting by bike and alternate transportation (public/carpools): http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2014/08/20/the-buy-nothing-year-how-two-roommates-saved-more-than-55000/
It takes a lot of courage…and maybe a flying leap of faith (in yourself, in life…)
You learn about your town & how to get around; Your ‘boundaries:’ Your budget; What you’re made of.
You’re capable of more than you give yourself credit.
Here in SoCal, our towns were built on the sprawl, and by design, we seem to be umbilically-connected to the automobile. Sometimes, people treat you strangely if you suggest you’re going to walk or bike somewhere - “Oh my god, I don’t think I could ever walk that far." ~Said by someone who heard I was walking the 1.2 miles from home to the store (no hills by the way. All flat sidewalks!).
The Buy-Nothing Year Blog had this powerful quote: "I believe in consciousness or choice. It’s easy to get swept up in lifestyle expectations —or social obligations." Once you choose to simplify your life in such ways, you begin to see the hectic pace your life once was with “ALL” the “social conveniences”. Literally, things that were designed to make things less complex only compounded a busy schedule, plus, you had to pay extra for its upkeep, insurance, etc.; amounts you can see through the Buy-Nothing’s tally of projected savings. (what would you do with that extra $300/month you normally spend on gas??)
You find that you become better at time management - you learn to budget time and get money in the process, and learn to say “no” to things that really can’t be fit into your paniers or your calendar. You skills of navigating your city or discovering hidden gems gets a +10; and you start to feel more fit as well as relaxed due to all that stress-busting biking you’re doing! ~And those with lifestyle expectations snubbing your bike choice? You’ll find they will come to think it’s cool because now they know someone who is actually doing it, and, maybe even ride with you sometimes!
(or they’ll continue to complain about not having time to workout, being stuck in traffic, not having money… yadda yadda…..)
Moreover, you learn by your own example that YOU can POWER your LIFE and need not rely on any contraptions to have a happier, healthier life. *they don’t call cars “cagers” for nothin’ y’know. :-)
For information on how you can be this year’s car-for-bike trader, visit this link or ask me: http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/cartrader.aspx :-)