Written by PUBLIC founder, Rob Forbes.
Despair, a tough word to parade around, has been a frequent emotion throughout this election process and outcome. Shock, fear, anger, and resentment have been in the air as well, felt in red, blue, and purple states alike. We all despair over an election where, for the first time, both major political party candidates had significantly low approval rankings.
Rural red small town America has voted its despair at the loss of jobs, declining prospects for the future, fear of foreigners, and other reasons. Blue urban America despairs at the roll back of progressive principles, women’s rights, the environment, and more. No one can be truly happy. For the victors, the gratification is that the others did not win. Indeed, where is the love?
What transcends despair? Many things come to mind: music, beauty, nature, food, pets, friends, to name a few.
Our suggestion – go ride a bike.
Ride 100 miles to burn off the stress.
Ride into a small town and have a coffee or beer with people you do not know.
Ride to the country, forest, or beach to get close to the power and beauty of nature.
Ride a bike to a National Park and see what wonders can he had when we take care of your environment.
Ride to lower your own carbon footprint.
Ride with your child on the backseat and try to feels like a kid again.
Ride to get away from the persistent media blitz.
Ride to feel the sensation of independence, freedom, and empowerment.
Ride to someplace local where love and care are being shown, like your pet’s shelter. Take home a rescue dog or cat.
Ride now to be a part of your community, like our Do Public Good Project.
Ride in the future to a national event like the Million Women March in DC.
There are many unknowns right now, but this remains a fact: If we stand still we will fall over.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”