When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s what the teachers told me back in grade school to promote optimism. But when you think about it, in dealing with the strife of everyday life, why the fuck would you make lemonade? I wish they would have told me, “When life kicks you in the balls, ride your bike.”
Jay Petervary knows all about it. I think he actually creates his problems with the bike, and then he solves them with the bike. Now how about that for lemonade?
Dirty told me this morning, “If it’s worth doing, you’ll find a way.” There aren’t many truer words than that. And in Jay’s case, his passion for the bike and the happiness he experiences being on the bike far outweigh the sleepless nights and shitty food he eats during the ride. It’s about the relentless effort to remain stubborn, never settle with comfort, and to keep the desire for zest and creativity in doing the things you love.
Ride the bike.
By the way, if you’re into long-distance adventure riding, check out some of the other pieces we’ve written on the subject.by