Thursday, April 09, 2015
I squeezed in just over 1 hr of riding, in the middle of my 14 plus hour workday. I don't hold "normal" office hours which leaves me a lot of flexibility. Daily, I think about what I have to do, and wonder if there is "just a little more" that I could be doing to help my community.
That's my big picture. I have a job, which is also my passion. But the reality is that my job, while part of my lifestyle enables me to fulfill my big picture goal: Helping make my community a better place.
I get to go in my kid's school, help kids read, help them with math, work with the teachers, supporting them where I can.
Then I go pick up donated bikes, take them to The Bicycle Thrift Shop, fix them up and sell them at an affordable rate. And when I hear of a need, I donate them. There are so many kids that need bikes and can't afford them. When I run for president, my platform will be based on the fact that every kid needs a bike, no matter what age!
Do I regret that I only got in an hour ride? No. Do I wish I could ride more? Yes. But the reward is worth the "sacrifice". I'll suffer next week at The Pisgah MTB Stage race. I could have used more intervals, more hours, more..... But, I'll be on my bike, doing the best I can, and the next time I work a 14 hr day, I'll do my best to smile, knowing that my community is just a little better.
Posted by Stephen at 6:41 AM