“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose” – Dr. Seuss
Today was a fantastic start to the New Year with below normal temperatures and crystal clear skies. Kind of hard to believe considering I am in Southern California, but the temperature at the start of my ride this morning was 10 deg F. Combined with the aftermath of yesterday’s cold storm, it was a day to remember in the high desert area I chose to ride. I’ve never seen snow this deep this low in this area and it lent a magical quality to the ride right out of a children’s book, I half expected the Lorax to appear around every bend in the trail. It was a truly unique experience and a great start to the new year.
Of course this is traditionally the time for New Year’s Resolutions but I’m going to buck the trend and not make any this year. Honestly, I’ve made a bunch over the past few years (some of them I’ve even talked about on this blog) but there are quite a few I’ve never followed through on – I have leftovers to finish. I’m sure you can relate as we all tend to fall short sometimes… well you can probably relate to the leftovers too as that phenomenon tends to go hand in hand with the holiday season.
So if you’re in the same boat as I am with a mountain of unfulfilled dreams, make this the year you throw off the chains and follow through on some of the biggies you’ve been putting off. Forget the thorny details and head to the hills, do that big ride or climb that mountain you’ve always wanted to scale. Or if something big is not in the cards do something more manageable, just get off your ass and DO something. Create. Don’t let another year go by without pushing some of the boundaries you’ve confined yourself within. These aren’t resolutions, they’re restitutions owed to your soul. It’s the year of the Seuss, oh the places you’ll go.
By the way, it may help to have a fat bike to assist you on your journey. Happy New Year!