“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”
― Neil Peart
On June 20th, 2017, I’ll be dipping my bike tire in the Pacific Ocean before setting forth from Vancouver to pedal back to Halifax, a total of just over 6,000km. Here is the game plan for the route and approximate timing. I’m hoping to dip my front tire in the Atlantic by August 1st and am hoping to catch up with a few friends across the country along the way — if you’re along the route, reach out, I’m trying to knock off 200km a day, but would love to meet up if we can make it work!
At this point, just a few weeks out, I’m feeling a healthy of excitement, fear* and immense gratitude to be in the position to be in a position that I can tackle this challenge.
The “why” (if one is needed) behind the adventure is still emerging.
At this point in time, it is not my intent to make the trip a fundraiser, I’m hoping it will simply be a few weeks to think, reconnect head and heart, and appreciate the beauty of the country (which has existed far longer that the 150th birthday many of us will celebrate throughout the year).
I invite you to ponder formidable drummer and thoughtful Canadian Neil Peart’s quote and how it might apply to you and your life:
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Peart is a quiet soul and has spent countless hours touring the world by motorcycle to get closer to the heart, in particular as he grieved the sudden loss of his daughter and wife over a short period. Many kilometres in mourning led to an impetus to appreciate the impermanence and live fully.
If if doesn’t feel like you’re using your time, what are you waiting for?
Speak to you soon! Open to any and all advice and/ or things you’re hoping to see written about.
Make it a great day**,
*Few people know this, but I’m super allergic to bears, have been since I was young.
**Shout out to Annie Colwell, the inspiration behind what has become a go to sign off on notes since 1999.