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What Will You Do with the Next 10 Years of Your Life?
04/04/2021

During most of my life—and I think for the vast majority of us--we have never had cause to think that far into the future. Most of our lives are lived thinking in five-day increments. Our goal is to simply make it through the work week, so that we can catch a fleeting glimpse of freedom for those two glorious days that make up the weekend.

Thinking past each Sunday was just not something most of us had any cause to do. Sure, we might have a vacation planned for the summer months, but the countdown to reaching those two of weeks away from the daily grind, was marked by the same repetitive week after week progression.

For most of my life I did not think about this kind of thing. I was young and that is just the way the world worked. But as I got older and time wore me down, I started to recognize my mortality and with that realization, came an awakening.

IF I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING AMAZING WITH MY LIFE, I NEED TO DO IT NOW!

2020, not only saw the rise of a global pandemic, but it also marked the loss of my father at 80 years of age. He would tell you that he lived a great life, had three amazing children, five exceptional grandchildren and six equally exceptional great grandchildren. While I am sure there were things he would have liked to have done differently, I know he had no regrets.

I can hear him now, "what is the point in having regrets. You can’t change anything."

And so right he was. The past is unchangeable, all we can do is learn from it, try to DO better and to BE better TODAY!

As I write this, I am approaching my 62nd birthday. I am now the age at which my father retired. During our conversations, just prior to his passing, he talked about having 11 great years where he was able to travel, visit his children and see some of the amazing places he always wanted to experience. But, at 73, his body started to betray him, and he could no longer make those long car trips that he so much enjoyed.

I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I do know that I am my father’s son and I share at least 50% of his genetics as well as his love to see and experience the beauty of our natural world. I have done a better job of taking care of myself through diet and exercise than he did, however none of us can outrun DNA. The chances are that I have a short 10 to 15-year window to accomplish more of the things I have always wanted to do.

SO…WHAT WILL I YOU DO WITH THE NEXT 10 YEARS OF MY LIFE?

Will I spend it sitting in front of a computer screen, watching other people live their lives, or will I get out there, take a risk and LIVE!

Will I spend it caught up in the hate and blame that fills our so called “social media” platforms, or will I detach from it, and find the goodness that exits across this country and around our world?

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THE NEXT 10 YEARS OF MY LIFE?

I am going to fill it with as much LOVE AND ADVENTURE that I can.

My time to sell everything and travel the world has most likely passed—although I will not rule it out—however, I can still travel this country, this continent and even the world, a little bit at a time.

I will make sure to visit my mother and my family as much as I can along the course for my travels, and I will seek to inspire and help others to reach their goals and fulfil their dreams.

SO…WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE NEXT 10 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE?

WILL YOU JOIN ME?

Ride Safe!
--Craig Ripley

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