As I get up in age, turning 37 tomorrow, I’m amazed at the number of years I’ve been doing certain things. Seventeen years in business, married for over 15, I’ve had my office in Orange for over 13 years, which doesn’t even feel possible. Time really does move quickly.
As I reflect on where I’m at in my life, it has all boiled down to two questions: “Are you truly doing your life’s work? And if not, why are you wasting time?”
I’ve been studying many historical figures who have made an important impact on our world. What I’ve noticed they all have in common is their sense of urgency and purpose. They didn’t have big vision only to let it sit dormant while they did other things.
The fight against Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is something I’m very passionate about and have been involved in for a few years now through MANA Nutrition, Good Spread and more recently co-founding STOP SAM. I also love speaking, sharing my stories about life and the positive impact cycling has had on my life (I’ve now lost over 100lbs riding).
For a couple of years, I’ve had this internal pull towards something else, a big idea, something that will inspire and help others. Now, I’ve tried to kill this idea a couple times but about four months ago, the big idea came roaring back. However this time, I decided to tell my wife about it, knowing she would say no, it would be up to her to kill it.
So I shared with my wife Dalia that day…
“I want to raise awareness for STOP SAM by riding my bike across America and speaking. And I want you and the boys to follow me in an RV and be a part of this. I think the trip will take about six months.”
“Oh my gosh, that’s amazing! Let’s do it!”
No, no, you were suppose to say no, so I didn’t have to do this.
She later went on to say, “When Ayden, #theViking, was born, I felt like I wanted to get involved with a child-related cause. And when you got involved with MANA, I thought, “This is it.” But I didn’t feel like I ever found my role until now. My role is to take my husband on this trip.”
It took me over a week to even figure out what just happened. So now the announcement….
In May of 2014, because of my wife’s faith, and because it’s my passion, I will get on my bike and ride 4,000 miles to New York City along the northern route of the US, a journey that is expected to take three months. My wife and two boys will be coming along in an RV. We will be documenting our journey and sharing the story of SAM with anyone who will listen. Once we hit the east coast, we will spend about three months driving back across the US, sharing what we did and raising money and awareness for StopSAM.org.
How can you help?
- You can help me celebrate my birthday by donating to the birthday campaign.
- You can go check out Stop SAM and participate in our upcoming #PBJForGood campaign.
- We will be launching the ride brand “Cycle Cause” very soon. Stay tuned for details.
- If you know someone I should meet please make the introduction.
What I’ve learned: When your wife say’s she wants to go on an adventure, you take her on an adventure. When you see a way to follow your passion, you do it without delay. It’s about showing my two boys what life is really about.
I’ll continue to service some clients as we start pursuing this dream. We have so much to figure out, sponsorships, homeschooling, routes, etc. But I’ve never been so clear in my life. This is the beginning of my life’s work. That work starts now.
photo by Nicole Caldwell