What is the Difference?
I have been reading the accounts of all of the various excellent and creative skills that have been posted on the hobby thread.
So, in addition to a strong interest in bicycling, the folks in this forum are into a wonderful myriad of interesting and worthwhile activities.
Folks here are active, involved, adventurous, busy, full of energy.
I keep wondering about some of my neighbors (not all) and others I have known, who seem to have pretty much given up on life, or have only a small reach beyond theirselves.
And, I want to know why?
What makes the folks on this forum - at least to me - different than the "mainline" folks that I see around me?
Is it genetic?
Is it background and experiences?
Different value systems (and if so, why?)
How one was raised?
Is it just that busy, active folks are attracted to this forum? But still, if this is true, there is a reason why they are busy and active.
Or, perhaps I am just misjudging the folks around me, and they do have a lot of things going on that I just don't know about. But I don't think so.
I think of my sister, 5 years older than I am. A big day for her and her husband is going to Wal Mart, finishing the NY Times crossword puzzle, or taking a driving trip. She can't begin to believe all the things Nora and I do.
Our house is like a whirlwind. Right now, the upstairs has 10 chairs in a circle, and music all over the place from Nora's singing group yesterday. My "Man Cave" in the basement also has 10 chairs in a circle from my singing group last night. I have weight equipment (which I use) scattered all around. There is a drying swim suit hanging in the bathroom.
Mine and Nora's desks are filled with paperwork and other errata from all of the community activites in which we are involved. At 68 and 70, we are the most active folks on a block filled with much younger folks.
Our home is definitely NOT a home out of "Better Homes and Gardens." My garage has 6 bikes sitting in various postures, as I am sure that many of you also have.
Will Dehne is scooting across the country, challenging his body to the ultimate.
So, folks, what makes the difference, if there is one?