I do NOT recommend this. I was younger, and times were more simple – and I lived in a very small town. And I was on a motorcycle.
I had two friends next to me. guiding me. I was riding a Honda 440 Super Sport – a bike I loved.
So why was I riding with a blindfold on?
The easy answer is that I was young and stupid. The more complex answer is that I did not know where I was going, so I did not care what direction I took. I just felt I needed to head somewhere – so I did. With the added burden of a blindfold.
I made it the mile.
It made me smile.
In the 25 years since then I realize that was a very easy mile. I had no fear then. I had little responsibility then. I had no voice or audience then. Nobody counted on me. I was as free as a human could be. I was free to risk it all – in any fashion I chose.
It was an easy mile back then because I had nothing to lose. Nobody depended on me. I did not have two kids in college. The times, my friend, they have changed.
As I matured, people started to depend on me – so I grew up – a little. Now I have two kids in college, customers that I love, employees that depend on me. Life is more complex.
I don’t walk 5 feet without having my eyes open the entire time now. I have grown up. I owe people stuff (more valuable than money). I need to live a while to pay it back.
I am not risk adverse now – I am just a lot smarter – I see more, listen to more – find ways to help more. Without risking everything. I am looking for ways to invest instead of ways to risk. And I don’t mean investing with money – I mean investing with, “Dude, I have been there an done that – don’t do that”. Advice. Mentoring. Friendship.
Taking risks without risking everything is what people my age should be doing right now – investing where they can – in a business, in family – in crazy perhaps.
Dying with money in the bank seems like total fail to me.
My kids are in college – and will graduate without debt. Why should I not gamble on other people’s kids at this point?
Why would I not gamble on people at this point? I am where I am because of people.
So I will be investing in young people – a wide variety of young people. Any class, any space, any race, any IQ, any that even tell me “fuck you”.
Look out kids – I got an agenda. And you are it.