The world is spinning at over 1,000 miles per hour... and I can feel it. I know what you are thinking and no, I have not had a few drinks. But tonight it is as if I can feel the speed in which life is moving... and I'm going to try to stop all that madness for a while and take a look around.
Wednesday, April 25th a horrible F5 tornado ripped through Alabama. The damage in Tuscaloosa has shown us how the F5 tornado earned the nickname "the finger of god". Everything it touches is hit with such power. We were arranging a comfortable enough setting in the basement to hide from the storm where we live when we looked up to the sky and saw something. At first I thought "is it birds?" but then the realization hit me that it was pieces of peoples homes. Parts of peoples towns and really peoples lives that was floating down from everywhere I could see.
It was a very humbling experience being so close to such tragic events. The scale of this disaster left Alabama officially in a state of emergency. The power nature holds is never to be forgotten. And this is an amazing world we live on. And that's sort of the point, we are here to live. Every day we wake up to experience life and that in itself is a blessing. That is also, in many ways, very similar to why I enjoy riding a bike significantly more than driving. Not in a preachy, self serving soapbox monologue sort of way, but merely a recognition I have made. When I drive I feel crammed and in a rush. Things around me and people in other cars turn into obstacles and things... and I'm just trying to get there, wherever there is. When I ride my bike I can feel the wind, taste the air, see the people (not just the metal boxed on wheels), and for a moment I seem to stop all that madness for a while and take a look around... and I feel alive.
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