When I was much younger, I used to do some crazy stuff. I really enjoyed off road three wheeling—did it on a Honda 250 SX. I however, had just a tad more sense than this guy.
We were riding in a dry lake bed in Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia, Missouri. There were quite a few people riding that day, but one in particular caused us to just stop, sit back, and watch in amazement. He was riding a Suzuki QuadRacer. No Helmet, no protective gear, just jeans and a t-shirt. Like a madman, he headed his bike up this hill. Well, no, hill really isn’t the right word. It was more like the mesas in Utah. It was over 100 feet high and very steep, even at the bottom. But worse, the last 20 feet or so at the top was essentially a vertical climb. To make it onto the top you had to have enough speed at the top to push your bike into the air at least until your rear wheels cleared the top, and then hope that your arc in the air was toward the top and not away.
He did pretty good…until he lost his forward momentum. Both he and the bike quite dramatically tumbled and rolled back down the side of the hill. That should have been it, but no, he set his bike back on its wheels and immediately took off up the hill, again. And then, that’s right, he and the bike came tumbling back down the hill, again. That gave him pause. He looked at the bike, looked up the hill, looked at the bike, looked up the hill, then flipped his bike right side up and sped toward the top, again.
Amazingly, this time he made it. He however, had shown wanton disregard for his safety and for the preservation of his bike. It was totally crazy. And yet, as with many things, there is another hand. The positive that you can take away from this story is that he displayed a dogged determination to accomplish his goal.
It is with this dogged determination that we must face the trials in our lives. When we lose our forward momentum, we may crash and burn, but we get up and try again. We cannot stop when we fear we might not make it. We cannot back away just because we fear getting hurt. We cannot look at our situation and conclude that we are too exposed or unprotected to go on. We may pause to consider, but we cannot concede. We must take life as it comes, and never give up, never give in.