“We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile.” ~ Deepak Chopra
January 26, 2015 – I sat in the street on the icy cement, shivering, my face inches from the muddy rear bumper of a bus, holding the hand of a woman who’d been hit and fallen beneath the tires of that same bus. A bus I was riding on that morning. Crushed by the massive weight of the wheels that now loomed so large in my sight, I knew as soon as I saw her she had little time left. There is a look that comes over the face of one who is passing from this world – I’d seen it a few times before, but never like this. She was motionless, eyes fixed to the heavens, body contorted, broken … alive, but barely. As I sat next to her, I spoke quietly, letting her know she was not alone, and that very soon she would be alright. Suddenly – and with what was more difficulty than I’d ever before witnessed – she moved; struggling, she turned her head, eyes fixed squarely, intently on mine. Blindly, she reached out toward me … I took her hand, holding it not only with my own, but with my heart and all of my spirit, as well. She squeezed slowly, with an astoundingly strong grip … still looking at me, staring into my soul with those enormous brown eyes ….… and then, a heartbeat later, her life slipped quietly though my fingers. She was gone. I didn’t know her name at that moment, and I’d never seen her before. But what she gave me was a gift of life that became this journey … only the day before, I’d been considering leaving the type of job and lifestyle that had grown wearisome and unfulfilling. Without speaking a word, Angela told me it was time to do it. Now.
And so the Ride was born. It is not about retirement or ‘seeing the sites’, Ravensong’s Ride is a journey of the wheel and the heart. It’s a journey about people … old friends and yet-to-be-met friends. It’s about living from the heart and listening … sitting with people and hearing the stories they have to share. It’s about walking along side of them – you – for a brief time, sharing and understanding the challenges and joy you’ve face along your own journey. The tears, the laughter, they sorrow and the joyful moments. It’s about learning and growing and stretching one’s boundaries. All of ours. It’s about living Life in this one singular moment we’ve been given, as tomorrow is not promised. It’s about living authentically, and stepping back into the trust and joy we all had as young children.
It was – and still is – about you.
The nuts & bolts are this: Beginning on June 17, 2015, and through most of the next five years, I traveled around the country – alone, just me and my car – meeting people, staying with them for anywhere from a few days to a month or more. I sold everything I own, aside from some clothes and a few special gifts that fit into the back of my “silver backpack” (aka: the car). I have no retirement funds or immediate family. I spent little when traveling and worked when I could, along the way. I look simply to share time with people – walk with them for a time in their lives – and with permission, share those lives with the world via keyboard and camera. We all tend to see things from our own narrow perspective – a reflection of our own journey – my goal was to learn about, and understand what life is like from YOUR side of the fence. What challenges and decisions you’ve had to make, and how it’s affected your walk & path here on earth. And to encourage you to make YOUR dreams come true … to use and enjoy the gifts and talents, the dreams and hopes, you were born with. To open the gift of Life and enjoy it fully. This Ride was a journey of understanding, validation, strength and love, and it is my hope that “The Ride” will open our hearts and remind us all of just how very short and precious Life is … how each of our Journeys are so very important in the cosmic jigsaw puzzle of all that is.
Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the Ride.