A midlife crisis became midlife Transcendence, through Love.
A Love for Skateboarding, a Love for DIY Ethos and a Love for Family.
Encouraged by the Love of my Family, I went back to the Sources of my Joy (my Family being one of them) and I Reconciled and Reconstructed my Life by bringing all three of them Together into one Vehicle of Consciousness and Life: Street Plant.
I had to make a pilgrimage to the depths of my own Heart, my own Soul.
Back to the place of my Fascination, my Imagination and my Dreams.
This is where my Life began when I was 14, and where I was Reborn at 45.
Where my Life is Fulfilled.
The way out was the way in.
Street Plant is a 100% Independently owned and operated Family business.
We exist to Support, Service, Inspire and Empower our customers – Skateboarders – The Freest, most Unique and Creative people on the planet – By making the highest quality Skateboards and Skateboard accessories.
100% Independent Skateboarding for Love, for Fun.
No rules, no divisions, no schools.
Just a Skateboard as a Paintbrush and the World as an Empty Canvas.
The highlight of my trip last week with Lucy to the Northeast was a visit to Concord, Massachusetts where we toured the Ralph Waldo Emerson House, Rambled through the Hapgood Wright Town Forest, dipped our toes in Walden Pond, just below the site of Henry David Thoreau’s Cabin, and visited Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to pay our respects to Emerson and Thoreau.
If you are ever in Concord, or live in the area, I highly recommend a visit to the Emerson House. The House was built in 1828 and Emerson lived in the House from 1835 until his death in 1882. The House has stayed in the Emerson Family all along, and remains almost completely as it was after a restoration in 1873. The tour of the House was Very Insightful and Incredibly Inspiring, both Lucy and I walked out of the House with our Spirits Soaring.
As an Emerson and Thoreau reader, this visit was a long time in coming. To stand in the Emerson House, to Ramble in Emerson and Thoreau’s footsteps, to Steep in the Beauty of Concord and Walden Pond, as they once did, and then to stand at their graves, had an Invigorating Effect upon us. By Basking in the Radiance and Energy of Art and Artists, of True Individuals, of Lives well Lived, we walked away Knowing Ourselves Better, and in a Glow of Enthusiasm for a Creative and Purposeful Life!
Last week on July 24, I had a good long Ramble in the rain, on a section of the M&M Trail on Mount Tom in Massachusetts.
The entire time that I was out there, I didn’t come across one other person. It was just me, the trees and the birds. I ate my lunch and snapped this photo somewhere along the way on one of the many Traprock Cliffs overlooking Easthampton, MA.
And to think, I almost let the rain deter me (it was coming down in sheets for awhile). What a shame it would have been not to have let this Beauty and Exhilaration into my Life. I must remember… It’s ALWAYS worth it.
I ran out of rope.
Instead of just hanging there, I stepped out of the noose of what was, and onto the Floor of Truth of What Is.
One chapter ended, it was hard, and another one began. That was hard too.
I know, I know, no one said it would be easy, but until we do those miles ourselves, we can’t really know for ourselves.
Still, the choice was simple: Let Life Live Me or Choose to Live MY Life.
It became very clear:
THERE IS MORE THAN ONE JOURNEY!
And with that, the second half of my Life began with the same Zeal and the same Passion as the first.
It’s still hard sometimes.
It still hurts sometimes.
I still struggle sometimes.
But I am Devoted to the Work that Enlivens My Heart, and is the Internal Beam that Lights the road ahead!
Additionally, I will be attending the Matthew Ryan / Jeff Caudill Show at Hollywood Gardens in Rochester, PA on July 26. I am only attending this show, I am NOT performing. Come hang out and take in some “Folkering” by the Great Matthew Ryan.
One minute he’s Skateboarding down a hill, the next, blood is pouring from his eyes and ears. Then he begins having seizures, swallowing his tongue and nearly dying on the spot. If not for the fast action of his Friend Rahj and the paramedics that rushed to save his life, Rory would be gone. 7 days later Rory awoke from a coma, some of his skull had been removed and reattached. He had to learn to walk and talk again. All for what? Not wearing a Helmet? No one ever thinks it will happen to them and then it does!
There is this INSANE perception in core-skateboard-culture that Helmets are uncool, restrictive or symbolic of weakness. How deep the ruts of tradition and conformity go. But what the hell does cool have to do with Health, Vitality or Fun? Absolutely Nothing! And who exactly is selling this image and why? And what do they have to gain from it? Restrictive? Brain damage or death is far more restrictive than wearing a helmet. Weak? Try having your Loved-Ones have to feed you for the rest of your life because you are incapable of lifting a fork. The core-skateboard-industry is selling an image of cool and that is NOT cool. Being Cool is Thinking for Yourself, shrugging the image they’re selling from your burdens and Protecting Yourself by Wearing a Helmet.
The Helmet Revolution Must and Will start with the Participants, the Skaters Themselves. Stop looking for a cue from your favorite pro, magazine or company. The skate-media and industry will never allow such a trespass upon the image they are selling. The only reason you don’t wear a Helmet now is because the skate-industry and media haven’t given you permission yet.
Rory was lucky. He has been given a Second Chance at Life! He doesn’t plan on wasting it. It is Rory’s Dream, Focus and Loving Hope that no one else has to ever go through what he has, when it could so easily be prevented. That’s a Dream worth Sharing.
Life has been busy.
Between Family, Street Plant, Playing Music and related Travel, I have not had much time to get out on the Trail and Ramble Around. Still, I find a way when I can. Sometimes it’s only for an hour or two, but whenever I can make the time, I Go. These photos are from a few different excursions over the past month or so.