This is why it drives me bonkers when we’ve placed such high importance on making people feel “pretty”.
How about, “I want to feel and make others feel Empowered. Smart, Capable.”
Our society, our culture, our nation needs these kinds of people. We’re afraid to interact with people, our environment all because we don’t want someone to get dirty or mess up something.
I am not sure of your experience, however, in mine, if you don’t test the limits, break things on occasion or fail when attempting something different or for yourself/others, then you don’t build that self-sufficiency you need to persevere.
Do we *REALLY* want to have ourselves and our children dependent on others to live (and is that really living)? We already see the failures of bureaucracy that “are there to help”.
EMPOWER US ALL.
On a spontaneous ride with a cycling friend, we stopped for a late lunch, sat down, and this little light went on over my head. Thanks for everything, newbelgium! Then, that evening, I attended an event with Washington Area Bicyclists Association’s Women & Bicycles group, and was handed a can of Ranger! I’m one week into riding my new bike and over 100 miles already!
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!!
Around about 2 weeks ago, I attempted one of the greatest human feats in the history of the world: walking on air!
Or that is my prefered way to describe how I accidentally stepped backwards off of a truck, about 3 feet in the air, and landed flat onto my back. My…
I got my new bike!
In fact, I got it Tuesday night, but I’ve been so busy riding it everywhere that I haven’t snapped many pics or stopped to expound on the glory that it is. Eh, there’s time for flowery prose and introspection when the weather is less gorgeous. For now, I’m pedaling!
My carless year is almost over, which seems totally insane. I am starting to get questions about my future transit plans, though I can’t really understand why anything would change. I am totally annoyed the idea of with needing a car, and have done pretty well without one. And truthfully, most of…
…a moist & succulent bad ass nonetheless!
Last night I checked the weather before my morning commute, then I shook the Magic 8 Ball. “Better not tell you now”, it read. and the numbers weren’t lying.
It started with a 60% chance of rain (big numbers here in SoCal) and 100% chance it’d be a bit…
A little late to repost this, sorry, but I’m sure she could still use good thoughts…
I got a flat on the way to work today. Out in the middle of nowhere. I pulled over and stared at my back tire and wondered why I didn’t have a spare tire or patch kit or a wrench or a pump anything in case this happens. Then it started raining. Right on queue. I swear I heard a trombone go “wha wha”. My fault. It seemed kind of funny to me so I started laughing. Why does a person laughing by themselves look kind of crazy?
Anyway, I schlubbed my bike to the nearest bus stop and took the bus to the trolly station where I have a bike locker. Took the trolly to work and wasn’t really that late.
I told someone at work and they said “I bet you wish you still had your car”.
I said “No”.
It was a big plunge to trade my car for a bike and make it all happen, and here are six things I don’t have to worry about anymore since I gave up my vehicle… #1 Stopping For Gas…
We really did try. I put together the trailer and read all the instructions on how it stays closed and safe for 2 kids(!!) but she hated it. As in, her eyes got all red and she was shaking and, more importantly, she kept opening the front flap. I don’t think she would actually escape but it just felt unsafe. It seems it would be better if she had a harness.
So, annoyingly, we moved our vet appointment to later in the afternoon. And we’ll have to walk. She doesn’t understand that walking almost 3 miles is WAY more tedious than riding in the trailer.
We’ll have to try again some other time.