Ride Beyond Suicide

These are challenging times. You are not alone. This post about suicide prevention is a must-read. I wrote it and collaborated with an amazing team as part of my current job with the CDC Foundation. Although it is for the State of Alaska (as part of our year-long Healthy You in 2022 multifaceted campaign), it is timely and valuable info that may be useful to you or a loved one right now no matter where you live. Note that an easy-to-remember suicide prevention hotline, 988, launches nationwide July 16 but may already be active where you live.

As those of you who have read my book know, I am not a stranger to suicidal thoughts. As a result of the pandemic combined with our climate crisis, they occasionally rear their head again — as they do, most likely, for many of you. We are in historically disturbing times right now, and it is easy to wonder what difference we can make; if we even matter. These feelings are hitting all of us, even those of us who are positive by nature.

What I can tell you for sure is that bikes help. In fact, they saved my life. And I continue to believe they can save the world.

If the Atlanta Beltline had not been where it was exactly when it was (2013), I don’t know where I’d be right now. Or if. My motto, Trust the Journey (then and now), gets me though each day. My daily bike rides are non-negotiable. They are necessary. And they remind me that, without a doubt, I am necessary. As are you.

My new personal passion project, BikeBloom, is not just about upcycled bike tube earrings on plantable paper that transforms the day’s tragic news into wildflowers (although that’s cool and serves as art therapy for me). It’s about centering joy, in small ways, and seeing new purposes for everything — and everyone. It’s about positive movement forward. It’s about fresh hope. It’s about refusing to exist in the gutter of failed imagination. To claim our space. To name our pace. To survive — and thrive.

It’s ultimately about us. Together. Building a better world.

Yes, it’s possible.

Join me.