My Life is on Fire

Since making the decision to bike to Brazil only three weeks ago, I feel like my life has exploded into a non-stop fireworks display.

This is fun and exciting, but also hectic and stressful!

I will say this, however: I have learned a valuable lesson about purpose and energy in my life by making this decision.

Making the decision to follow through with a life-long dream and aspiration has lit a fire under my ass like nothing else ever has!

I no longer know the meaning of ‘lethargy’ or ‘stagnation’. (Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean)

The world looks more colorful, and my outlook on life is much more positive. I feel extremely motivated, but am also cherishing the everyday occurrences of my Austin life and my time with Addison. My life here is so idyllic, I realize, and my relationship with Addison is so wonderful, fun and nourishing for my soul. I love my pets, I love my band, and I have been having so much fun living here in Austin, biking around, swimming at Barton Springs, going out with friends and training capoeira several times a week with my group.

Many people have called me or written to me, warning me about the perils that lie ahead of me, telling scary stories or sharing nerve-wracking statistics about kidnappings, rapings and murders in Mexico and Central America.

I am touched to see how much so many people care about me.

I did spent a good part of last week considering that maybe–just maybe–someone would say something that would make me realize I don’t have to go. I thought there was a small chance that I just hadn’t heard the magic words that would make this aspiration go away.

Addison has been so cheerful and supportive about me leaving, that I actually had some Big Bendconcern that maybe he was relieved I was going away and would be happier without me. But after camping at Big Bend together and holding him as we lay in our tent under the desert moon, he admitted to the profound sadness he feels about me leaving and his fear for my safety and our relationship.

I felt strangely calm as I cradled him in my arms, and finally knew that I would never hear the magic words that would change my mind.

I know now, for certain, that there is nothing anyone can say to make this feeling go away inside of me.

I am more afraid of being apart from Addison than almost any other aspect of the trip. When we’re together, we’re unstoppable. We work in such congruence with one another on a daily basis, and then still want to spend the evenings together. It’s a sleepover every night! We listen to audiobooks, play music, drink wine, talk about hopes and dreams and ideas, and sometimes keep eachother awake lying in bed because we still have so much to say to one another. We meditate every morning, and are dedicated to supporting one another’s peace of mind and well-being both mentally and physically.

I finally found my ideal partner, and now I’m going to bike away into the sunset??

Who does that???

I don’t have a conclusion or moral to this particular blog post, just wanted to share some of the mental and emotional transformations I am having as I prepare to leave.

My Patreon account is almost ready to rock. You’ll be the first to know when it’s up!

Also, more than likely I will be traveling to Panama with another cyclist who contacted me recently. Having a companion will be a great relief to me, so I’m crossing my fingers and looking forward to it!

Thanks for reading this and please share your thoughts in a comment below.

Love,

Jahnavi

2 thoughts on “My Life is on Fire

  1. Dear little Jahnavi, I say “little” because you are small ( very small compared to me ) in physical size only!! and size does make a difference( in spite of or despite what you may believe) , not trying to be condescending. I will not try and discourage you because I believe,,, the more others ( wee people critters ) attempt to talk you out of pursuing a risky endeavor, the more determined your resolve will become ! I have been an adventurer for more years than you have been alive, done many crazy and extremely dangerous travels and * occupations ! * Weigh your risks well ,,, contacting the embassy’s of the country’s you plan to bicycle through and giving them your travel plans, dates and destinations,, might be in your best interest ! Logging a float plan, flight plan, bike plan, with concerned authorities would likely be something that even I would do, if I were traveling solo through 3rd world countries, and I am a very large, tough, ugly, potentially mean and disagreeable son of a bitch, oh yeah, and armed with firearms ( guns ) ! I only hope that you are capable of understanding the difference between you and me. Small sweet and kind and attractive human female critter, versus big, ugly, disagreeable, potentially mean and dangerous son of a bitch ! May God bless and protect you Jahnavi Newsome , your friend Capt. Bry

  2. Whoa, you changed your blog sub-title. I like. Thanks for sharing the process. And I am sososososo happy that there are starting to be potential cycle mates for your trip south.

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