It can be difficult to feel proud in the moment. But as I look back on my life, there are many things to be proud of. One big one for me, was moving to Colorado, and starting a whole new life in 1996. I rarely every think about what my life would have been like, had I stayed in New England. I do think about how I left home on a whim, and moved to Colorado, and how it eventually became one of the greatest decisions of my life. I had no job, no prospects, no money, and yet I someone made it work. This was long before I heard the Christopher Columbus, quote, “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Well, I didn’t cross an Ocean, but I did cross the Mississippi, for the first time in my life.
I know that decision has led me to a life of taking calculated risks. It is not always easy, and each new venture comes with apprehension, doubt and fear, but I get there eventually. If I hadn’t moved to Colorado when I did, and the way that I did, I may never have, road a motorcycle to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, or attempted to ride it over 40 mountain passes, in 40 hours, when I turned 40. I know I would not have had the courage to take 2 months off from a stable, well-paying job, to ride across the US, off road, from Tennessee to Oregon, carrying my dad’s ashes with me as I mourned his untimely death.
I definitely would not have found the courage to quit my job in 2014, with a wife and two little girls, at home, depending on me, if I wasn’t able to look back on that leap to Colorado. Sure, it can be a struggle, but it always works out. I am proud I took that leap of faith, and I am proud that I continue to do so, as often as I can.