A rider on my team sent out an e-mail a few hours ago basically saying that he's been medically advised to stop racing and riding. He didn't get into the specifics, but he feels that it's time to stop, so he's giving away numerous high-dollar wheelsets, bikes, frames and miscellaneous as Pay it Forward.
I feel guilty for taking him up on the offer, but the e-mail has really changed me, I just feel so different. I don't want to be pissed at anything, after thinking about it, it feels like a weight has been taken off of me.
It sounds cliche or overused, or even a little bit overembellished, but this random act of kindness has really just made me realize that there are good people in the world. It made me forget about the problems that we are all facing, and put things into the perspective they should be viewed in. The funny thing is that it's not like I'm in this just for the gifts, I want this man to ride again and prosper, I think that the only way to top this feeling is to pass it on.
Wow, I really can't believe something so simple has changed me so much.
FOCUS: Have you ever Paid-it-Forward?