'Life's too short to be panning memories, Adam. You should be getting yourself some new ones, so that the mining will become richer when you come of age' - John Steinbeck
Across India by bike? What for? What’s its purpose? Why India? I could wax lyrical over each of each of these points, and through my future blogs and writings I certainly will, but on one level it’s simply because It excites me, that’s it. I enjoy the challenge, the anticipation, the unknown, and with that, the untiring childish enthusiasm for new experiences and simple joys :) It's also the freedom to choose whichever adventurous direction I desire, ‘who in his right mind has not probed the black waters’. This journey, this happy pilgrimage, this long distant cycle, will be a physical and mental challenge, and I look forward to pushing myself further then ever before, ‘I am yet to find a better recipe for really learning about myself than a physically difficult, uncomfortable adventure thousands of miles from home’.
I'm also using this journey to distill some important things in my life, for fresh perspective and to concentrate on the things that really matter, the things I really need. ‘Simplify Simplify Simplify…live deep and suck out all the marrow of life’. I want to allow respite from the pressure of a routine and conditioned way of living where mind and body can succumb to moral and physical flabbiness. I want the opportunity for a new sense of purpose, to learn, think and experience with fresh eyes, a camera and a notebook.
Its my purpose to add boldly and audaciously to the flowerbed of my own blossoming story and I want to use this adventure as a powerful reminder not to live vicariously, but by my own terms and to create a story animated by the incredible things I’ve achieved with my own head, hands and feet.
If I can capture the essence off this through writing, film and photography using India as my canvas I will have achieved my purpose.