PLAY HARD 4 FUN is a way for me to share my thoughts on family, friends, fitness, sport, travel, adventure, community, and fun! It will also offer an avenue for me to share some upcoming adventures and maybe allow me to help, educate, and motivate others as we move ahead and celebrate life in this new year of 2014 and beyond. Let's Celebrate together!
Sunday, 12 January 2014
WITHOUT LIMITS: DANCING ON MY PEDALS
In giving you a break from my thoughts, here's more from someone else. This is a piece taken from a Miles Patrick Yohnke story from www.motivateus.com:
...As I'm clipped into my pedals while turning over the 53 tooth crank, I think of my late father, friends that died too soon, kids in wheelchairs. Grateful that I can. Not taking health or life for granted. My father was killed in a tragic potash mine accident when I was five. October 17th, 1968. I'm sure the thought never crossed his mind that he wouldn't have an October 18th, 1968. Or, that plate of bacon and eggs cooked by mom would be his last meal. From that, I learned that tomorrow isn't promised to anyone, that we have to be our best today. Today is all that we really have. Now is all there is.
Life is hard-work. Life is tough. There are no guarantees. There is no fairy god mother floating in the sky or genie to grant our every wish. There is no magic pill to rid life of it's pain, sorrow and heartache. There are no shortcuts. Period. Once we get this, stop resisting what is, we can begin the process of awakening from the illusion, thinking that we need things outside ourselves to make us happy. Behind this veil of illusion, one is guaranteed to find all the joy, beauty, and meaning that life gifts to us.
...Results are joyful. The exhilaration of beating your personal best is indescribable. When one creates his or her best, the most wonderful feeling comes from it. You've created a result that no one can take from you. As it is said: "It is better to execute then to be executed."
It's one thing to watch sports, but it sure is far more enjoyable partaking in your own life. If that be sports at your community gym, activities at the local rec center, or anything else that gets you up and moving. Life is not a spectator sport. It's about getting engrossed in your own life. Not sitting on the sidelines, waiting for opportunity to come grab you by the hand. Not living vicariously through another's life. Vegging out on the couch, eating a triple bypass burger or mindlessly snacking on calorie laden, artery clogging, chemically altered food....
...To live one's best life, one must become engaged to something in their life. One must play full out. Living one's life as if one's life depended on it. A sense of urgency. One must awaken, stop sleepwalking through life. Heed the knock at the door. Real passion stands there waiting. Take hold, for the passionate pursuit of it will take you on an exhilarating ride of unspeakable joy.