“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
― Hunter S. Thompson
I was once completely scared of life. Broken. Drowning in anxiety and despair.
This is my story. My struggles. Falling down. Getting back up. My adventure.
I hope you enjoy. I hope I inspire you.
I’m not an expert. Far from it. I’m imperfect. This is just my story. My emotions. My thoughts. My opinions.
But it’s a story I want to tell. A story I want to share. And I hope by sharing, maybe someone else finds the strength to find their own story.
“Don’t Pull the Clutch” was first inspired by my trials riding (slow speed motorcycles over obstacles). In it’s literal form, it’s a reminder to not pull the clutch of the bike in when going over big, scary obstacles. Because pulling the clutch makes you stop. And when you stop, you crash. Hard.
I tend to pull the clutch a lot without thinking, and so the rule was born. But the more I thought about trials and life, the more I realized that I pull the clutch on my life a lot. And I crash a lot.
“Don’t Pull the Clutch” became a battle cry for my life. Not as in “Never be scared”. Because we will never get rid of our fear. But to not let myself be ruled by fear. To not let my fear make me crash. To give up before I’ve even tried.
It’s even tattooed on my back. That’s how much I believe in it.
Up until now I’ve never fully embraced it. But recently I’ve realized that even that was letting my fear take control. Because I was afraid of challenging myself. Of doing the hard work to truly change. Of digging in deep and making things happen on a positive note. Digging out all the bad habits.
This story is about doing the hard work. Looking inside and figuring out who I am and the kind of life I want to live. Getting to the end of my life and being happy and being able to say “I tried every day.”
It’s about my adventures, and not letting fear rule my life.
It’s experiences and dreams and fantasies. It’s about having a passion and following it.
So enjoy! Be inspired! Have fun!
Don’t pull the Clutch.
Don’t Pull the Clutch (TM) was created on November 1, 2017.