My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In the Moment. Cycling. Retinitis Pigmentosa.

In My Grandfather's Blessings, by Rachel Remen recommended by my dad; she states on putting a struggle behind us as quickly as possible... Life might be easier then but far less genuiune. Perhaps the wisdom lies in engaging the life you have been given as fully and courageously as possible and not letting go until you find the unknown blessing that is in everything.

Without Retinitis Pigmentosa would I be cycling 75 miles on the back of a tandem with Steve on this beautiful crisp day appreciating the sounds and smells of this beautiful valley?  Perhaps. 
We rode the MS 150 ride with approximately 3000 other riders.  Some indicated on their # that they were riding with MS and other people had formed teams in support of a colleague or friend who had MS.  It was a reminder of what can be done as we pull together. 
We started in Logan, Utah rode through Franklin, Idaho and then back to Logan.
We were on our own this year to take pictures. 
Cycling and Retinitis Pigmentosa have some similarities for me:  Appreciate and Be in the Moment.  On a long ride I can get caught up in asking Steve - okay, how many miles have we gone, let's see we need to be done at such and such, instead of stepping back and enjoying the ride.  For some time, I think I experienced Retinitis Pigmentosa in that way.  It feels great to step back and enjoy the ride with its ups and downs.  (Often I know we don't get to have our say but if so I vote for gradual up and downs not the drastic climbs or drops, thank you!) 

Thank you, thank you to our friends who cared for Cricket for the day.       


jennohara said...

Yet again, you amaze me with your optimism! Love the pictures of you two!

S.DAY said...

Oh my gosh you guys are the cutest- CUTEST - cutest EVER!!!!
You're awesome.

DCHY said...

75 miles? Wow!

rach said...

I love, love, love that you did MS 150...perhaps next year we will do it with you, and I will wear a "riding with MS #"...Thanks for your awesome posts, you inspire me!