You know how they say “if you don’t want it to rain, carry an umbrella”. Well, this post is our umbrella and the rain is, um… some kind of tragic accident.
(Note to Mom: You probably shouldn’t read this post).
I know I keep telling you all it’s perfectly safe to go travelling around the world on a bike, but it’s really hard not to think about the risky side when every second person warns you to be careful out there. Also, we are by no means still young enough to believe in our own immortality.
So, just to ward off bad juju in the same way an umbrella wards off rain, here’s a list of things you should under no circumstances do if something bad should happen to us on our trip.
No PDM (Public Displays of Mourning)
If we should, you know, kick it on our trip, please don’t post a soppy picture of us on your Facebook feed. And if you do, which you won’t, please don’t add some quote about how we’re flying with the angels now or that God is holding us in the palm of his hand.
We don’t believe in angels, or God, or public mourning via social media. If something should happen, we’ll be churned up by the worms and returned to the earth, which is right where we would want to be.
If something bad should happen to us on our adventure, please don’t use it as yet another excuse to ignore your own dreams. Don’t let it add to the mountain of fear that’s already keeping you from having any fun.
Wouldn’t you rather live a little before it’s time to go?
If the worst should come to pass, don’t send flowers or sympathy cards.
Instead, use that money to support your local bicycling organisation. Or better yet, buy your own bike and get out on the streets. With more bikes on the road, our governments will give more support to bike lanes, policies, and campaigns to help keep us safe.
If catastrophe should strike, don’t use it as an excuse to deride another country’s traffic, culture, or infrastructure.
Well, that never would have happened if those Khazakstanis could keep their horses under control!
Crazy things happen everywhere, including right in your neighborhood. If you don’t believe me, check the local news some time.
If something happens to us out on the road, don’t be sad. Be happy that we got a chance to do something extraordinary. Throw a party, celebrate life, and truly live.
Do it for us. ♥
Got a few more minutes? Read these posts.
Things you might think we’d be afraid of, and why we’re not
Things I genuinely am afraid will happen on our trip