If You Put Your Mind to It…

Apr 15, 2013 View Comments by

If You Put Your Mind to It...Here I am sitting at home in Lansing, MI writing my weekly blog for RoadRUNNER Magazine. I should have just picked a photo an hour ago, but I can’t stop looking through the pictures on my hard drive. The memories from my Africa trip are flooding in faster than I can hit the next button on photo preview—but this is a good thing. Talking about these photos keeps the memories fresh, although it does make it hard to just sit down and write sometimes. It’s kind of like trying to clean up your bedroom, basement, or garage, you just keep finding things that remind you of the past and it slows your project way down.

I realize that I am living in the past. I’m hanging out in these great riding memories rather than creating new stories and adventures. Why is this? I have found myself to be overwhelmed with projects and life right now. I have too much on my plate. Now that I am a homeowner, I have a lot more to look after. I just finished remodeling the kitchen and am now building an apartment on the second level. I have my Alaskan commercial fishing season coming up in less than two months, and I still don’t have a crew lined up.  Monday is April 15th, and I still need to get to my accountant to get an extension for my taxes.

I am usually good at keeping things simple, but the older I get the more projects I take on and the mundane tasks are now becoming a priority in my life. I do not like this one bit. I need to refocus and determine what is really important. I have my whole life to make money, but I only have so much time to ride, go on trips, and have carefree adventures out in the world. I’m once again getting the itch for a big journey. Two or three months would be perfect. I’ve done it before and I can do it again. I just have to put my mind to it, and fight the norm of what society tells me to do with my time and energy. I picked this photo today as a reminder for myself that I can do anything as long as I put my mind to it. All it takes is setting some goals with realistic dates. Now it’s time to put the bug in Nick’s ear and see if he is down for another riding adventure soon. We don’t have to cross the equator in Africa to have fun. I’d be really happy doing the Trans America Trail or riding up to Alaska. I’m sharing this today hoping that maybe this photo can inspire someone who is on the verge of going for something big. The world is out there for the taking. Go explore. If you put your mind to it…

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Commercial fisherman to pay the bills. Adventure Rider for the smile on my face. Documenting it all as proof that anyone can live this dream.