Scenario 1 – You are independently wealthy. It’s not family money, and it’s not lottery cash. You earned it. One of your brilliant ideas panned out, and the proceeds have allowed you to live a life of relative leisure. Other than business meetings in Hong Kong and Zurich, other than teaching a class in contemporary business ethics at a school not quite Ivy League in stature, you get to make a lot of choices about how you spend your time.
Scenario 2 – After a lifetime of service to a company that started out small and ended up global, you have been made redundant by a better-educated peer in the developing world who is willing to work for less. As a diligent and hard-working person, you saw this coming, even participated in the training of your own replacement, so you set aside some money, and of course there is unemployment. It’s going to be ok. It’s not a setback. It’s an opportunity.
Scenario 3 – You are what is known, in some circles, as a dirtbag. You put adventure in front of stability. Any significant other who hopes to achieve any true level of significance needs to understand that living out of a van is a noble lifestyle choice, not a shortcoming. You have no interest in a mortgage, a career or, if we’re honest, paying taxes. If you’re lucky, you can eke out a sponsorship that keeps you in reasonable equipment and ample free time. If you can’t, you can hope the aforementioned significant other is willing to clothe and feed you while you seek your bliss.
This week’s Group Ride asks, which of these scenarios is most likely to arise in your life, and given the time afforded thereby, what one place would you choose to ride your bike? Let’s say you’ve got 30 days of ride time. Where do you spend it?
My recent travels suggest that a month can be burned almost anywhere. The Pacific Northwest? Yes. Great Britain? Easily. France? That’s a lay up. How about Argentina? South Africa? Have you seen the mountain biking, not to mention the road riding, in either the Philippines or Vietnam? Where do you go?
Image: Wikimedia – Jason Hollinger