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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Change Out of Pajamas

Gandalf the Grey:  I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone.

Bilbo Baggins: I should think so - in these parts! We are plain, quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (1937). 

Leave the valley. Find a way over that mountain.

In today's world, Bilbo's rejection of adventure might be expressed more often as follows:
When I saw this meme, I thought of Bilbo Baggins and smiled. Probably because Bilbo said out loud what he honestly thought. A good adventure may not feel so good while in the middle of it. When you know that discomfort, or worse, lies ahead, it can be hard to commit. Even harder to start.

And like Gandalf, anyone who creates challenging routes, events, or group rides certainly experiences resistance and flat-out rejection. Those few that express interest often fall aside when reality strikes. Life readily supplies excuses.  It's all too easy to stay in pajamas.

That's all fine and good for a time. But every so often, mindfully change out of pajamas. Embrace the challenge knowing that difficulties are part of the deal. Jump out of your comfort zone. Go for that adventure.

You may surprise yourself. You may even look forward to the next one.

Bursum Road turning to climb Y Canyon to crest a stormy Continental Divide.
Day 47 of my 2021 ride of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.
Adventure certainly awaited on that day. (Three Days Of The Gila).

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