“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, beautiful, talented, sucessful? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” marianne williamson

i want this challenge. i want to live up to this challenge. i want to cut the strings that keep me from moving and MOVE. i want the space to breathe and love and think and pray, to disconnect and connect, to be broken and rebuilt. i want to intimately touch and be touched by landscapes and skys and warm hearts i’ve never met. i want to grow in the way one can when removed from everything familiar. i want to be naked and i want to be changed.

on a lighter and less cheesy note:  i want to eat voraciously (which i do anyway) after riding for 8 hours. i want the kind of muscles one must surely develop from riding 4000 miles. i want to soak in hot springs in idaho, and jump off stuff into random bodies of oh-so-refreshing water. i want to wake up with the sun instead of my alarm clock. i want to know if tomatoes in oregon taste different than tomatoes in virginia.  i want to poop in the woods.

i do not want to meet bears. or real crazy tan lines. i’ll take the tan lines over the bears though.

10 Responses to “lots of deep breaths”

  1. i really hope you don’t meet any bears.
    i DO hope you poop in the woods.
    i hope you have three good poops in the woods everyday.
    i hope you even poop in the woods, when you’re staying somewhere with flushing toilets.
    i want you to be free and clear. i want you to grow.
    i can’t imagine that anything will silmultaneously make you free and clear, while helping you grow, like pooping on leaves.
    i hope this trip is great for you. see you in somewhere in the future.

  2. Daynya said

    I want you to do all these things and more. If you meet bears, I think you’ll share some honey and a snuggly nap. This trip is gonna rock your socks off, and I am so glad we can hear about it on your way. I love you lots, enjoy the hell outta this!

  3. Stephanie Norton said

    Good luck Jess! We’ll miss you around here and can’t wait to follow you on this journey. Remember to soak up every second and just be.. wherever you’re supposed to be.

  4. I’m sure you’ll have an amazing adventure! May your journey be as wonderful as your destination.

  5. Kely said

    Nakedness is very exciting… However, I don’t recommend it on a bicycle… Unless your riding through Seattle. I believe they support that there. Best wishes, sweet friend.

  6. Melissa Frazier said

    Hi Jessica!!!! I just got back the beach and finally caught up on your blog. I am so super excited for you and insanely impressed. I cannot wait to follow your progress and read about all your adventures. :)

  7. Laney said

    Hey! Just thinking of You All and praying that all is going well. Laney & Pam

  8. Laney Emanuel said

    Thinking of You today. Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful pics and descriptive well written story. Makes me wish I could do be there with the two of you. God Bless

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