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Notes from Steve

October 14, 2019

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I got the tattoo. It says “Do Good. Ride Hard. Live Well.”

Do Good.  For me this relates to being a good guy in the community - doing things that help my town, my organization, my world be a better place to live.  It could be paying for someone’s groceries, or helping someone move, opening a door, standing for a cause, donating to charity, being non-judgmental.  Doing good in life is tough and sometimes uncomfortable (standing up to a bully) but in the end someone needs to, might as well be me.

Ride Hard.  This statement to me means going for the gusto in life.  If you are going to do something, do it 110%.  I think that people assume I’m talking about riding a bike - I’m talking about life.  I want to be worn and done at the end.  I want to be excited about meeting my maker because I’ve done and experienced in life everything I needed to.  Bottom line, it could be about my bike or my wheelchair - regardless of the vehicle, I want to ride until the wheels fall off from overuse.

Live Well.  I think doing good and riding hard combined with kindness and humility and grace will take me to great places and if I don’t get there, it won’t be from a lack of trying.

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