I’ve been away from this blog for some time. Life has been moving along.
The blog originally began as a way to log my bucket list ride from coast to coast across the United States. Each year I try to mark off another item from that list because life is short. Just to catch everyone up and remind myself here’s a quick recap…
2017 – Own an Indian Motorcycle
2016 – Motorcycle Ride across the United States
2015 – Hike the length of the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail
2014 – Enter a BBQ cooking competition (I won!)
This year’s bucket list item came about by accident. Literally. On March 25 while stopped in traffic my old bike was removed from under me. It was an opportunity to go shopping for a bike I’ve been dreaming about since before I was even a rider.
Although I didn’t get to take a long trip this year, I did manage to get out for a few nights here and there with some friends and try out my new wheels. Good rides. Good times.
Right now, I’m sitting in my comfy chair at 10:30 am, with the Macy’s parade playing on my TV and I’m still in my jammies sipping coffee. My daughters are both here. My wife and I have had our first few cups of coffee and talked about the precision needed to schedule the baking of pies, turkey’s and side dishes and have each of them be ready close to the same time.
We’ve all talked about Christmas, and what our plans are to spend it together. This scares me a little. My girls are ages 21 and 17. I know my time with them grows more scarce and precious each year.
Everyday is a good day to be thankful. Each one of us has been given so much more than we deserve. Each one of us has the ability to bless others with the overflow of our own lives. Each one of us has the opportunity to humble ourselves before our creator and realize what a miracle our next breath is.
Today I am full. Not because of the turkey…yet. I’m rolling under a wave of gratitude for the opportunity to walk beside the most wonderful people who have ever lived. I’ve been given the opportunity to know caring people, talented people, gifted people, loving people, humble people, and people who have struggled through life while still keeping a heart able to hope in the future. I’m grateful to the point of breathlessness for laughter, and music, and comfort. I’m overwhelmed by God’s ability to show me where I need to be a better man, and then guide me toward that path because I do not have any idea how to get there on my own.
Happy Thanksgiving to all in the United States. And happy thankfulness and full hearts to all of us everywhere.