If you love your friends, you will serve your friends.
If you love your community, you will serve your community.
If you love money, you will serve your money.
And if you love only yourself, you will serve only yourself.
And you will have only yourself.
|Madison Bike Winter's Holiday Lights Ride|
A few days ago I was sent an article talking about the differences between individualistic vs. interwoven cultures, and where we, as Americans, tend to fit in. The friend who sent it moved down to Louisiana, the heart of cajun country, not long ago. I distinctly remember him telling me, within a few months of his move, that this is where he felt he "belonged". We never really got into why he felt that way, we only touched on what makes Louisiana so different than any other state, until now. Attached to the article he briefly stated that maybe this is why he feels so at home in Lafayette.
|The winter loop commences|
As winter bears down on us, and the desire to curl up in a little ball and hibernate until spring blankets me more than any down comforter, I look towards this community of mine to get me through. It doesn't take much, just a group ride here and there, with maybe a cup of coffee or pint of beer thrown in for good measure, and I'm a renewed woman.
|Bombay's Freezaroo Ride photo credit David Kohli|
|Belleville UFO Ride photo credit Sara Hull|
I want to take a moment to thank my friends--some I know well, many I hope to know better with time. Another thanks goes out to James, a kindred spirit and someone who "gets me" 100%. James, at some point I'll join you again in cajun country--at least for awhile.
|Post ride shenanigans at One Barrel Brewing Company|