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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rant! (or life is to short to miss out on things)

Sometimes you just don't have a choice.  Sometimes you miss out on events because you learn about them to late, or because of circumstances beyond your control.

Sometimes you know about it...but the same old excuses of  "it will take to long", "it's cold" or "its to far" or "but I have to get up in the morning" prevent you from doing something fun.  From meeting new people or from seeing something interesting.

I've used all those excuses and more, and frankly I'm not happy with myself about it.  I also am embarrassed, thinking of my friends up north who are buried in snow or dealing with sub freezing temperatures.  And here I am whining about 30 degree temps.  I am sorry about that.

What promoted this little rant was I learned about a ride over to St Pete to late.  Now truth be told I had an appointment with my accountant at 10:30 AM and a route that I had to run in the afternoon.  My day would be full....still though, I would have preferred this ride.

I'm not sure when they were planning to finally head to the Taco Bus, but I'm written about that before.  It's a Tampa tradition and used to have the best Mexican food in the city.

In the last two weeks I've not done that much riding, due to all those excuses I've used before.  I'm missing out on these things.  Florida has so much to offer.  I am one hour away from St Petersburg, which was recently named one of the best beaches in America.  I am within 90 minutes from Orlando and all that it offers.

There are so many day trips, so many odd little things to see.  Places that I would love to explore.  At the risk of sounding like a promotional TV commercial...I do live in Paradise and it's easy to forget that when your nose is buried in work.

The initial reason for this blog was to explore what I was feeling and experiencing when I rode.  It sort of grew into a travelogue.  Frankly it's getting harder and harder for me to justify.  Maybe my work/life balance is out of whack.  Maybe I am more than a little frustrated over health issues that directly affect my life.

Maybe, just maybe I'm being a little whiny bitch right now.  All I know is that the only person that can change things is me...and I need to do that.


Canajun said...

Robert - I think most of us could have written that post at one time or another. It's awfully easy to just let life get in the way of doing things you like, and it often takes a strong commitment to change to turn that around. But you will. And when you do find that balance living in paradise will be all that much more enjoyable. Good luck.

SonjaM said...

Been there, too. Surrounded by awesome scenery, yet sometimes not making the effort of appreciating it. Yes, only we ourselves can make that change and get the balance right (again). There's only one life... we gotta have to make the best use of it.

Trobairitz said...

I agree with the others, we've all been there.

The Corvallis area is notorious for advertising events after the fact. Our newspaper routinely prints things on a Monday about things that occurred over the weekend without ever notifying people the event was upcoming.

Life happens. Sometimes we get to do what we want, at other times not so much.