On May 15th I left my home in Connecticut to bike across the states to San Diego. 17 days later, I’m sitting on over 1,000 miles pedaled in Dayton, OH.
Over that time a lot has changed. I’ve watched my body grow both physically and mentally, my surroundings have shifted daily, and my goals for this trip have adapted as I keep moving.
Every day I’m learning new things about myself and the world around me. Each night I write down the most influential lesson of that day, and here they are for your eyes.
I figured it’d be a bit selfish if I kept this all to myself.
Day 1: Goals are important. Without them, how can you efficiently accomplish anything?
Day 2: It’s okay (even good) to think about things that upset you. It’s not okay to make excuses about why they happened.
Day 3: A conversation is a conversation no matter who it’s with. You’ll always learn something new.
Day 4: A plan can change the outcome of your day and your life.
Day 5: Thinking too much forces you to make impossible decisions.
Day 6: People want to help others for the most part. That one jerk is an outlier.
Day 7: Rest Day
Day 8: You’re going to have rough days, but it’s up to you to get yourself through them.
Day 9: Do things the way that makes you happy, even if it’s not the typical route.
Day 10: It’s okay to be scared. In fact, it forces you to make better decisions.
Day 11: The first 20 minutes of your day may be the toughest. But if that’s the case, then you’re life is pretty darn good.
Day 12: Never take simple things like food and shelter for granted.
Day 13: Rest Day
Day 14: Tomorrow is always a fresh start.
Day 15: The simplest things can change your goals in life, you just need to keep your eyes open.
Day 16: Just because something is easy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it to the best of your ability.
Day 17: You can accomplish great things, but you need to be willing to put in the sweat.
But the thing I am constantly reminded of is how much I value my life and what I can do with it.