The quality or state of being changeable. A difficulty or hardship attendant on a way of life, a career, or a course of action and usually beyond one’s control.
Word of the day.
Well over 200 people showed up for last night’s screening of “Ride The Divide”. A very inspirational and breathtaking documentary I must say. Those in attendance were all the more impressed to find out an Omaha local completed the event in 2010 and will repeat the feat this coming June. Over 100 people have attempted this ride with only 40 completing it. By showing the movie in one city at a time, the allure has grabbed many, there are over 90 signed up for this year’s race. Every athlete featured in the movie demonstrated our word of the day. Encountering and conquering (or not) the many challenges and difficulties that would present on a daily basis. Nobody said this would be easy after all.
Free Spirits. That was the common theme of the bikers. Not feeling accountable to anyone other than their own inner voices, I felt an immediate kinship with them. I’ve been called a free spirit by those that know me, worse by those that don’t.
We are all accountable to those inner voices, I tried to stress this in Monday’s column about being mentally tough. At the finish line, whether it be a tape with a clock, or our last glimpse of living, I will be able to accept and celebrate that I was in control of my destiny. The challenging and inextricable convergence of vicissitude and self governance keeping things always interesting if not exhilirating.
I’ve been fortunate in life to express my energies and passions without dictum, and while not always with the desired results, certainly with conviction. To quote my old buddy Willie again, “Give me land lots of land under starry skies at night, don’t fence me in!” Free Spirit or Free Ranger, unencumbered, unburdened, and unrepentant. The Cowboy Creed.