“ I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. ”
Plutarch (via wordsnquotes)
“ 1.Don’t let your past haunt you, bury the ghosts you are lugging around in your heart.
2.Claw your way out of the trough, you may splutter and choke on your misery, but remember to come up for air – keep breathing. I promise it’ll stop feeling like your ribs are about to crack and collapse from the effort.
3.Do not fear the future – it doesn’t matter if its edges are blurry; just don’t let the spectre of despair lurk in its shadows.
4.Create, create, create – paint the sorrow in sprawling brushstrokes of black, grey and red, green till the colours fuse into a yellow that reminds you of sunshine; hum a melancholy tune till you’re bellowing a tune that whistles through your bones and makes trails of electricity run across your skin; bleed the squiggling emotions onto paper till they trip over one another and clarity of thought takes precedence over chaos – creation is the flickering flame of sanity in the dark cave of sadness.
5.It’s okay to feel lost – let yourself wander – all roads lead to somewhere. The trick to finding yourself is to keep walking.
6.You don’t have to handle your sadness alone, there are people who love you, who can make light sift through the darkest of days, hold these people close.
7.Remember that it’ll pass – every emotion is temporary. Change is the only constant. ”
How to Handle Sadness (I’ve been getting a lot of related questions lately so I’ve compiled my answers.)
There is nothing monumental in daily-life and yet it is enchanting. You only need to look at the world whizzing past you with an open heart.
“ For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again. ”
Care and cleaning
So you just spent way more money than you ever thought you would spend on cycling clothing, now how do you take care of it? Rapha will guarantee your clothes for life against defects, and will even repair them for free when you crash, but you need to care for them so that any degradation isn’t caused by the way you wash them.
The labels on the wool products call for delicate cycle, non-bio detergent, and hang drying. 2 out of three won’t cut it, and if you are in the US you may be asking what “non-bio” detergent even means. Non-bio means no enzymes. However, this isn’t always spelled out on detergent labels (believe me, I have been the only person in a grocery store who has read this stuff before). Basically, if you get a “free and clear” detergent, you are probably enzyme free. They market it as hypoallergenic usually. Trader Joe’s detergent is enzyme free too, but I have something better.
I wash all of my kit, wool or not, on delicate with about a cup of white vinegar. It will take out sweat stains, and leaves things smelling like nothing at all. No perfumes or traces of your last sweaty ride. When you are rolling around and the spring blossoms are blooming, you’d rather smell those than “mountain breeze” or whatever they say Tide smells like anyway. Colors will not fade with vinegar, either. Total cost for a gallon of white vinegar, last I checked, was around $3.
After they are washed, hang them dry and you are all set.
One last thing, if you use chamois cream, it can tend to build up in the creases of your chamois where it is seen to the bib. I soak the corner of a washcloth in a bit of white vinegar and scrub 2-3x until I see no more residue.
Read this. Post haste. Thank him later with burgers.
“ Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out. Sometimes it is now or never. ”