Thank you, thank you Jedidiah (?). Especially for this short snippet: "It might get you in trouble, and it might hurt you. But you’ll feel alive and you’ll feel honest. And maybe most importantly: do the uncomfortable thing."
Right now, I feel the most honest I have ever been. With myself, my family, and God. I am declaring that my life will look different--whether it's because I won't own a car but instead commute anywhere on my road bike; or I won't just have a pet dog but chickens too; or I won't hand a person on the street a few bucks or something to eat, but instead invite them into my home for a mea; or I won't just live in a two story house with my husband and 2.3 kids but instead in community (however that may come to look).
I am finally looking at the future in the face and can say that I am not afraid, for I am living for something. While my outlook for living in hope with community may seem radical to many, especially my family, I hope that it transcends the blockade set by societal norms; it is not some whimsical ideal but a demonstration of what reality could look like.
It is not what we refuse to do in our daily life but what we are doing, individually and together. While your contribution to GOOD is to inspire, it is also affirming.
Keep riding. We're not giving up on you.