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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

the day runs long

i look back on my life and think of all the stupid things done ~ all the selfish acts, the words thrown like bricks, the indulgences, the laziness, the obsessions, the trivial hates ...

and sometimes it overwhelms.

But then ~ i think about the moments of courage I have witnessed, the acts of generosity, the beautiful creations ...

i remember ... and i draw strength from them.

thank you all.

- - -

It is a hard thing to throw yourself out there into the winds ~ to be seen and judged. It is a hard thing to allow yourself to be tested. Because we might fail. And our society turns a hard eye on failure, don't it.

but ... courage is shown by those who stick themselves out anyway.



Break the rules
break the stereotypes
break the limits of what you think you must do
and who you think you must be.

and though the path is difficult,
and often jagged ...

there are rewards.


Nome Agusta said...

Don't ever let my wife see one of those pink Orbeas. It will mean financial ruin, I'll have to seel all my Starbucks stock.

X Bunny said...

nothing could be truer oV
all of it

oh, except that baby thing

PAB said...

yes, well put, all of it.

even the baby stuff. it actually does work for some people, I know.


OMG, did I really just say that?? i am becoming way too tolerant of others in my old age...

X Bunny said...

you just wanted to make me look like the bad bunny

PAB said...

everyone knows you are a bad bunny

Dr. X said...

hey, babies rule, 'specially at the X house. MH, would you just stop being so gracious & cool!

oh, bunny: congrats on competing in yee 1st crit.

Dan Cleary said...

All of you, are good people.

If you'll let me draw off of one of my favorites:

"It is not the critic who counts, Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to those people who are actually in the arena... who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy cause; who, at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." --Teddy Roosevelt

X Bunny said...

this is like a group cyber-hug

Jed said: said...

this blog is gay.

X Bunny said...

is that the only adjective in your vocabulary?

come on, get out the thesaurus and tell us how you really feel!

Benjaminiac said...

nice one, olaf.

my own personal version is much shorter but embodies it all: live you life.

the old bag said...

what oV said

all of it

Chico Cyclist said...

Okay, I'm a little verkelmpt here.

That was an awesome post.....pretty much says it all.

Jed said: said...

Actually, that was the most awesomest blog ever.

I read it to suzy and she loved it too.

We're all schmoopy here in bed.

kelekelebobelly said...

Man, and I thought you were just this silly perv that left comments on random blogs...what an awesome speaks volumes about you, I'm very impressed!

ginmtb said...

No I'm the silly perv who leaves comments on random blogs... not my man oV, master of the schmoop.

Here's mine:

Remember yesterday, live for today, and think of the future.

Gol dang it, now you're gettin' me all schmoopy. Thanks for the post brah!

X Bunny said...

silly perv

are not mutually exclusive

Velo Bella said...

You are such a beautiful man.

Of course, I might be a little biased.

ginmtb said...

Why thank you VB. And I feel the same way about you, except that "man" part.

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

gin is just plain sexy.

...we're totally gettin' him drunk on mooseydrool ... then, we pounce.

Velojuice said...

Somedays, like yesterday when life and cycling do not make sense, it is nice to read this and realize, don't forget to have fun.

Anonymous said...

just keep comin' back to this one... to read, re-read, and then read again. Dig it, big time.