Last year was the end of my own personal “fiscal year”. I turned another year older. It allowed me to reflect on last year being a time warped dichotomy. It was both the worst year of my life and in some ways the best year of my life. It was the slowest at times but yet it went by so fast leaving me wondering where it went.
I closed my shop unofficially sometime a few months ago. The time-frame is as blurry as are the details. It happened so fast that I’m still in shock. I still work on making things right with the bike community because it’s the right thing to do and I truly love bikes. I work out of my house, two storage units and a host of other jobs. I work almost every day, all day, and most nights. Simply, I’m hustling because I want to, I have to and it’s what I’m supposed to do.
While this last year tore me down emotionally and financially, I grew emotionally and spiritually, and overall as a person. While things were at their worst, I was growing the most. While people always joked I have a “me” complex, I’ve always known I really do care for others. This is one of the areas in which I really grew – the full concept of empathy. I might not have shown it yet with my words or actions but if you’re reading this blog, chances are good I have thought or am thinking of you.
So with all these epiphanies in mind and turning my own calendar, I’ve developed this renewed passion for pursuing the “stuff” that makes me happy. Spending time making up for lost time with the family, slowly reaching out to friends and working with my hands – tinkering.
I’ve recently started working on extra project ideas that I’ve developed over the years. One of these is taking a big step towards becoming a reality within the next few days. I’m hopeful all of the “successful failures” (aka mistakes) I’ve accumulated can combine in this perfect storm of bikes, friends and family to pull back all the bits and pieces of my life that spun off last year – at least the pieces I want back.
For now I’ll leave you with the mystery of “what is it”? until I launch. Just know it’ll be made in the USA and I’m hustling every day.
Thumb Shifter aka Kent