As we stood beside racks of worn leather jackets and rows of broken-in boots, we found ourselves on the topic of taking chances. We agreed that we would not be where we are today if we hadn’t. Chatting with Jessica at Yellow Devil was a reminder that when it all starts to line up, it’s the right time to take chances. I might not know exactly where I am headed, it might be time to step out of my comfort zone, but at the risk of greater happiness, it is worth doing.
I have struggled with how to present the matter, all the while quietly and stealthily working toward the goal. There is some sense of hesitation because of all the what-ifs and how-tos and how-nots and all the obstacles that jumble my head on occasion. I feel like it’s a coming out party more than an announcement, somewhat because this decision affects more than just me. The trickle-down aftermath is what I grow cautious of… my family is proving to be supportive, most of my friends already know of the idea, and now know when, and soon I will find out how this affects my work as the months unfold. Yet, even with some uncertainty, I kept coming around to one main question: why wait a year? So, I’m not.
This Fall 2012, I am leaving (that’s right, everything packed up in little boxes or sold) Los Angeles, CA and motorcycling (on my trusty KLR through pavement and dirt) south to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina a.k.a “The end of the earth.”
I have 4 months to make arrangements… I invite you to watch the ticker count down the days and share in all my excitement and anticipation and trepidation. Already, this adventure is like no other I have taken.
I include this picture from spring 2010 of my first ride taking the KLR on a dirt trail. I didn’t know what to expect that day. I just listened to suggestions and tried my best. Had I not thrown the bike down where I stood, I would have headed over the edge with the 400lb beast. But without taking a chance and testing my abilities with something I had never tried, or setting out to meeting people I had never spoken to, I wouldn’t have learned to trust in what opportunities lay ahead. It opened my world. I never imagined that day was the beginning of preparation for this next adventure.