November 30, 2012
Another End. We are in our second week back from our near two-month Western US ride and we know one thing to be true: we love being on the road and are always a bit surprised at the end of a long journey that the desire to remain moving forward is so apparent. The previous trips mileage continues to inspire only more the next time around.
We are now in the beginning stages of planning our greatest adventure of all. In July 2012 we will set off on an 18,000km exploration of our own gorgeous Canadian countryside and continue on for a two to three year period, exploring every continent and immersing ourselves in the people, food and culture along the way.
Step one: Everything goes. Lesson one: Letting go.
If we can’t take it with us or put it to good use later, then it has to go. This very thing will teach us more about ourselves and prep us deeper than we can even imagine for the journey ahead, freeing us completely from the outside in so that we can have more clarity in the moments as we are travelling onward.
I always believed that if I could see something clearly in my mind’s eye, then I knew it was possible, like a map or blue print with all of the steps laid out like a photographic flip book. I love the process of visualization or daydreaming, its what I spent most of my childhood doing. Although, my daydreaming typically included more than just a visual glimpse into a possible future, it was a feeling partnered with a clear path of travel.
Once an idea took hold of me, it was only a matter of time before I knew exactly what it would take to see it through from A to Z. Most importantly I knew the time and space necessary to make it happen. I revel in the challenge of creating perfect little bites as I move through any journey. This combination of awe, creation, joy, growth and inspiration is and infectious ideology in my world, one that I rarely hesitate to spread. I believe that no matter how hard the task may seem at first, it’s the knowledge that you uncover about yourself and the world around you, that makes it all worthwhile in the end.
The process and necessary steps involved often reveal themselves to me as the work begins, but its the emotional journey that remains the biggest mystery of all and the most important part of any work I’ve ever done. The ups and downs, the teaching and learning, the unexpected happenings and occasional shifts in mood. These are things you can never truly predict, and never really know, until you know. They can effect your plans in an instant. But the endless possibilities for unimagined growth or its opposing nemesis are the true mysteries of life and why it’s necessary to just begin.
Hesitation at times can be followed by over thinking, doubt and fear. I don’t want to ever wonder what it would have been like or who I could have been. So I go and I do, I plant and I water and I wait and watch patiently for life to open itself to me, beckoning me and tempting me to step inside and come along for the awesome ride.
Some may ask the reason why we do what we do, and I guess we just want to believe in something good and see how far we can take it. I keep a keen eye on my hopes and dreams. The passion I carry everyday to inspire, to live fully, to love deeply and to experience all the best that this crazy life has to offer are my reasons. To be open to it all, good and bad, to own my life and it’s work and to give something good back along the way wherever possible. I believe this is the only way, to ever outweigh any fear of failure or fear of falling.
I know change well. We have an ongoing love affair and we’ve danced countless times wildly between my life’s many chapters. Finding stillness and balance in the midst of all this change will be our greatest task for the journey ahead. And here is where I will share our progressions, regressions and occasional digressions with you all.
Experiencing once again how to love and leave, to have and to let go, to give and take and to be still and push forward. Attempting to remain centered and focused daily, while we search for a greater understanding of who we are now and who we want to be tomorrow. Amidst all of life’s charisma and chaos, join us while we begin again.