What things outside of motorcycling inspire you?
There is so much noise around me, from working a full-time job, running Astroscrambler, and personal goals, I easily feel inadequate. By nature, I am an ambitious person and always want to be better, so in order to do that I used to live by the belief that you should ‘never be satisfied.’ Naturally, it helped me accomplish many things, BUT I was never truly happy because each accomplishment meant little as I was so focused on what was next. Gratitude is learning to appreciate what is there, instead of focusing on what is not, and it was just this year that I understood that you need to be both ambitious and content.
I find the most contentment when I am disconnected and in nature. When I feel like the noise is at a fever pitch, I travel where the wifi is weak. Recently, those trips have been to Utah. Zero bars on the phone, means that I have 4 bars to myself and those connections bring me closer to my optimal self and to my friends and family. It is hard to get in that mindset when I am in the thick of things, so being in nature I get inspired by its beauty, the simplicity, and being present in the here and now.
My biggest inspiration, however, takes place during my outreach. I volunteer with an organization called Healing Hearts Across Borders and four times a year I spend a weekend to travel to Tijuana, Mexico with a group of like-minded volunteers from high school students to seasoned doctors. Here, I get to work with patients who have little to nothing to their name, but who carry a smile bigger than I could with a fully stocked fridge and roof over my head.