I was doing an interview the other day and the interviewer said, “Tell me about your family.” I’m sure the assumption was that we were all super athletes or some such thing. But instead I responded, “We are just your normal, ordinary everyday family. There is nothing special about us at all. We’ve just decided to live our dreams.” I truly believe that.
Anybody can do what we are doing – it’s only a matter of making the decision to do it.
My friend, Kate Nunes, wrote after cycling across the USA with her husband and six-year-old daughter on a triple bike, “We’ve always said it’s one pedal stroke, one day at a time, and if you string a bunch of them together anyone can do it. It’s true. Riding across the country is just a series of medium-long day rides. That’s all it is. The hard part is being determined enough to keep doing them day after day.”
She is right. If you can cycle a mile, you can cycle around the world. It’s all in your head.
I just finished reading Rowboat in a Hurricane by Julie Angus. In it she talks about her encounter with John Ridgeway who, in 1966, rowed from Cape Cod to Ireland in 92 days in little more than an open dory.
“We’re all pretty much the same,” John said. He tapped his index finger to his temple. “It’s what’s in here that counts.” He paused a moment. “And whatever happens, never give up.”
I think Ridgeway’s words to Julie apply to pretty much every facet of life. No matter what we want to do – ride a bike from one end of the world to the other, go back to university, or make the world’s best pancake – it’s all in the mind. We just have to decide what we’re going to do, take it one step at a time, and never give up.