Wednesday, May 01, 2019
10 years ago, when I was at a crossroads in life, I had been rejected by few and accepted by many, I was ready to do something that I wanted to do. I had to stop trying to fit in where I didn't belong, stop trying to be someone who I was not.
I launched a ride program with the dream of getting kids on mountain bike outings in the woods. The program has morphed and evolved as time has gone by, but I have always had the same dream: to acquire a vehicle that I could use to transport kids and bikes out into the forest.
The time came to move forward with that plan this winter. There were several indicators that made this obvious, one major one being that I had put way to many miles on my personal vehicle, to the point that it now has some irreparable damage! So be it. It was worth it to get the kids out of their environments and into God's creation.
What a great day, not only for the program, but a milestone for me. Change is good, reaching goals is good, and milestones give a the encouragement to let us know that we are indeed moving forward. Sometimes slow, sometimes cruising along, but moving forward is the process!
Posted by Stephen at 6:45 AM
Saturday, April 27, 2019
As I was getting ready, I sneezed.... and pulled my lower back. Dang it, not enough ham string stretching.
I turned around and looked towards the Linville Gorge and saw the giant dark gray storm clouds rolling in. A couple of motor boats that had left the dock in a the past couple of minutes came flying back, trying to get loaded and out of the water before the storm hit.
I was at the edge of control, but stayed out for an hour to practice. Waterstarts, Jybes, Tacking, I felt good through all of the maneuvers.
I was a bit tired and my back was hurting, so I called it a day. Epic day, but definitely worth the trip!
Posted by Stephen at 9:39 AM
Friday, April 26, 2019
Since I was out there, I decided to ride N Mills River for something different. Usually when I ride here, I park at Bent Creek and ride over. The drive out there seems to take as long as the ride, only with less ride time, so.....
This year is different, because I'm not really training for anything. That was a difficult adjustment for me. After having plans and goals for so long, how does a person transition back into being a recreational rider. It was a difficult process, starting with realizing that I am at a different place in life than I was a few years ago.
In the meantime, happy riding!
Posted by Stephen at 6:56 AM
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Its ok if you don't "go to" church. Its ok if you don't believe exactly like I do. Its ok if you have questions and things don't seem to line up.
God is our creator and cares for us in his own way, providing for each of us differently, but sufficiently.
Jesus died because people felt uncomfortable with a man who proclaimed the truth of freedom, a man who stated that things needed to change, a man who firmly resisted the practices put in place by ignorant, sometimes self serving humans. Jesus came to life so that we would have the freedom to be who we are and help each other reach our full, God given, potentials. Jesus rose from the dead so that we would not have to be bound by rituals but could flourish with freedom and creativity.
While Scripture has a history of being abused for self gain (and still is) it is difficult to discount the way, the truth and the life.(Keep in mind, this is not a ticket to freedom stating that we can do whatever we want, when we want, we still have parameters and guidelines to keep is safe and healthy)
Some people flourish under ritualistic practices and other people feel closed in and restrained. Its all part of the beauty of creation. Get up, go out, and do what you do with excellence. #loveyourneighbor #sermonfromalumberviking #dontfeartruth
Posted by Stephen at 10:22 AM
Thursday, April 18, 2019
I found a windsurf race on the Outer Banks and signed up for that. Windsurfing is in my blood. I made plans, made campground reservations and finally headed out. My plan was simple. Drive to Cedar Island, camp. Catch the ferry to Ocracoke, spend the afternoon there and camp. Then drive to Avon for the next 2-3 days camping there.
When I pulled up to the Cedar Island Campground, there was a line of cars and a ferry waiting. I didn't realize there was a 4:30pm ferry to Ocracoke. I confirmed with the ticket lady, paid my dues and got in line. So much for sticking to my plan.
Then I called Teeter's Campground to find out if they had a spot for me. They did and I reserved it.
I have spent the first quarter of 2019 trying to simplify my life and I'm on the right track. This trip has definitely helped give me new insight and desire to continue simplifying!
Posted by Stephen at 9:41 AM
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Check out the link below. I'm hosting a fundraiser, so the program can purchase a van, so that we can get kids out of their environments and into the woods. I was paying out of pocket with the van in my name to save money for the program, but found out that I cannot purchase commercial insurance if the van is not in the name of the program! Argh. Thanks to an amazing community, we are almost there. Donate if you can, and please share the page with your friends!
Adventure Kids WNC Transportation Fund
Sunday, March 31, 2019
But now, as I prepared to head to the East Coast, I'm riddled with guilt for leaving my family behind and spending time and money on myself. Why?
I attended a "Christian" college that had so many rules and regulations that I was always second guessing myself, wondering if I had followed all of the rules and knowing that I would get busted and reprimanded for the slightest infraction. Needless to say, I didn't really fit in and several times was the first to get the blame when another broke the rules: like the time someone drove through the guard shack gate, shattering it to bits and kept driving.... it wasn't me, I promise.
If I am living the life of freedom, then why all the guilt?
Its that feeling of never being good enough, always having to try harder, to be better, to be a little more perfect, to sin less. Its like the cartoon of the carrot being held in front of the horse, the poor horse works his tail off, but never gets to the carrot.
Why all the guilt? Maybe I hold myself to to high of a standard, the standard that I was taught all of my life? Maybe I need to step back, take a deep breathe and just be. Be in the moment, love my neighbor, and be.