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3 things i'm glad to have experienced; life-changers(22 posts)

3 things i'm glad to have experienced; life-changersJS Haiku Shop
Oct 10, 2003 6:43 AM
1) hendrix's "machine gun" from the band of gypsys album, loud enough to feel the bass in your chest. absolutely sublime.

2) reading sheehan's Running and Being. i tried to find one good passage that exemplified the wisdom of that book, but it's so full of life changing words that i couldn't pick just a few. you don't need to be a runner to read this. i was brought to tears realizing sheehan was no longer alive for me to thank personally.

3) rain rides.
What about getting fixed (or finding RBR)? nm.MB1
Oct 10, 2003 6:58 AM
re: 3 things i'm glad to have experienced; life-changerslotterypick
Oct 10, 2003 7:06 AM
1) Jesus: Although there are many great things in life, none put them together and made them a whole than finding out how God loves me and that life has purpose.

2) Marrying my wife: To think that of all the people the in world she could have said yes to spending her whole life with, it is amazing that I was the one.

3) Having our kids: I can't think of anything that shows you that you didn't know what unconditional love, let alone real love, was like, until you've had kids. It's a wonderful blessing and responsibility that I try to live up to everyday.
word. nm.Steve_0
Oct 10, 2003 7:28 AM
Agree with lotterypickheckman
Oct 10, 2003 7:30 AM
I could not have said it better.
re: 3 things i'm glad to have experienced; life-changersAsiago
Oct 10, 2003 7:36 AM
1) being born (not being born again, just being born in the first place, as in just being alive is a great thing)

2) the summer I spent traveling across Northern Canada and the Northwest Territories by CANOE.

3) the birth of my son

I'll bite.OldEdScott
Oct 10, 2003 7:54 AM
Early life: 'Nam, acid, and Suntour Superbe Pro.

Later life: Clinton presidency, Woodford Reserve bourbon and clipless pedals.
way deep nmJS Haiku Shop
Oct 10, 2003 8:00 AM
So what's this say about me?Spoke Wrench
Oct 10, 2003 8:52 AM
1. Marriage to my bride of 40 years.
2. Alcoholics Anonimous.
3. Getting fired from several jobs.
says you can't spell anonymous ;-) nmDougSloan
Oct 10, 2003 8:54 AM
Do you suppose that might have been the cause for #3? (nm)Spoke Wrench
Oct 10, 2003 2:23 PM
Says there's tons moreOldEdScott
Oct 10, 2003 9:16 AM
to admire in your character than in most of the shady operators around here.
Says you can learn. Congrats. nmLen J
Oct 10, 2003 12:11 PM
Says we have something in common. (nm)PseuZQ
Oct 10, 2003 2:56 PM
hard to pin downDougSloan
Oct 10, 2003 8:53 AM
Almost every minute of your life potentially changes you. Even small occurences can have longlasting effects. But, here's what I would say

1. Completing first marathon (3:37) at age 15. Earned respect among most people who I knew, taught me that preparation, endurance and sticking to things are worthwhile.
2. Moving to California after high school
3. A few friends I had along the way who had major influences on my choices in life
4. Bio-chemistry and logic classes in college. I got a C in the first and straight A's in the second. Caused me to change from pre-med to pre-law; entire career refocus.
5. Law school. Changes the way you think in some ways.
6. Ultra riding. Gives you plenty of time to think. Nothing like a solo 250 mile Saturday ride to give you time to think and teach you all sorts of things about yourself. Same with the 508 -- so bonked I went blind and passed out, yet still finished. Sort of makes you feel good about yourself, even if no one else cares.

Could go on. There are more likely little bitty events that in reality had more influence, like "what if 6 years ago I had deleted that e-mail from my ex-girl friend when I was in Missouri, and never would have returned to California to marry her, have 2 kids, begin ultra riding, etc.?" One tiny decision to read an email overwhemingly affected the rest of my life and even created 2 more lives.

Oct 10, 2003 8:58 AM
1) Learning to play the piano.
2) Making the team in my sophomore year. You should realize that this was in the Dutch (junior) basketball league, though, so any lycra-clad skinny US climber type who played in high school could probably still whip me around the court.
3) Moving abroad.

...oops, no cycling content.
My wife, my kids, my bike. nmBowWow
Oct 10, 2003 9:04 AM
You know what I noticed about this thread?Chicago_Steve
Oct 10, 2003 10:00 AM
No one really mentioned work related experiences (Umm... well except Spoke Wrench ;-)... I guess that means that the 8-10 hours a day we spend at our occupation really don't account for much in the grand scheme of things.

As for me:

- Getting Married to my wife.
- Birth of my daughter (in the delivery room next to the doc!)
- College (Learned so much, both inside the classroom and out!)
- Cycling (so many experiences - my first century, races, early morning rides, going too hot into a corner, building wheels, taking a new frame out of the box for the first time, perfect shifts, getting hit by a car, post ride showers, bike lust, pro-deals, bro-deals, doing a drop I never did before on my MTB, building a bike from the frame up, night riding, playing messenger in the loop at rush hour, etc. etc. etc.)
Some MY choice, some notMootsie
Oct 10, 2003 10:13 AM
1. Ignoring my Mother whose opinion was "buying a kid a bike is like buying them a coffin". She died never having owned a bike. I, personally, am up to having four. I think I am making up for her, don't you?

2. Having my first wife divorce me. THANK GOD!. Cheryl, my second wife loves me for who I am and she has a Merlin, a Surly 1 x 1 and a custom Anvil cross bike. God, what a woman!
3. Starting my own business to allow me to live the life that I only dreamed about and to afford all these damn bikes!

Now go out and ride.
Very introspective....BigFatSal
Oct 10, 2003 10:13 AM
1.) The value of personal integrity. And the lesson that once this is compromised, it's a long, hard journey to regain it.

2.)The joy of being a physical animal, whether it be the moment of reaching the top of a long climb up a steep, gorgeous trail on my MTB, or the feeling of speed and burning quads when pushing hard and fast on my road bike, or the feeling of nature's power while windsurfing on the fringe of a hurricane. The combination of the spiritual and the physical nature of us is an awesome thing.

3.) The sheer power and wonder of loving and raising a child.(sounds like this is a common one, but also probably the best one!)

There's lots more but I'll stop at three! :>)
re: 3 things i'm glad to have experienced; life-changersKG 361
Oct 10, 2003 12:27 PM
1)My wife-her background. Cambodian.
2) The birth of my girls. If you have kids and this isn't one of the top 3, well......
3)Being "Born again" and then growing up and realizing that the world ISN'T black and white, right or wrong, good or evil. Finding God in sooo many other places(and people) other than the bible.....
WOW, how do I choose?.........Len J
Oct 10, 2003 12:28 PM
1.) Divorce. Most painful, largest loss (Everything, my sense of me, my kids, my wife, my house, our friends..........) Hated every minute of it, but it changed me, it forced me to decide what kind of me I wanted to be, let me know that I could survive anything.

2.) Parenting. I've learned more about me & the world parenting my children than anything else I've ever done. Some of it I've liked, most of it I needed.

3.) The look on my wife's face as she walked down the aisle. This beautiful, intelligent, sexy, together, caring, sensitive, wonderful woman was joyful to be walking down the aisle to be with me. It was written all over her face, it was unmistakable. And I've never been so humbled in my entire life, nor felt so blessed.

4.) Finishing the qualifier Marathon for Boston 17 years old, in bare feet & qualifing. Short story. Decided as a Freshman I wanted to run Boston. Trained for 6 months, ran Phila Marathon qualified for Boston. 5 days before Boston, messing around after Track practice in the Gym, break my ankle. Layed up for 8 weeks, start training, 6 months later (Now November of my Junior year, I've been training for 18 months for this) the gun goes off in Phila for the start of the marathon. Pushing & shoving, someone clips the heel of my shoe & it flips off and goes down a sewer. I can still feel & see the shoe heading toward the sewer. That moment, I had a choice to quit or not, I hesitated, threw off the other shoe & ran 26.2 miles in 2:58 to qualify (First time I ever remember really being proud of myself). Couldn't walk for 2 weeks. Gut checks always suck but show us who we are, or can be.

Great topic. Thanks for remining me of that which I have to be grateful for.