The butterfly effect posits that a small change can ripple across whole ecosystems. Who do you credit for the small action that made all the difference in your life this year?
I believe the large action that made a huge difference in my life was the bike trip. I know I’ve said about 1000 things regarding the trip so far so I won’t get into the details of why it was such a big thing – that’s probably been explained enough by now. To trace it back, ripple by ripple, though…
I guess it would have to start with Gabe. Not that he really took an action, unless you count turning a year older. But we wanted to see him, so he was the first ripple.
From there, I suppose I have to credit myself, for looking at the calendar and proposing we try to cram in two important life events, my cousin Andrea’s wedding and Gabe’s birthday, into two weeks’ vacation time.
Ripple three would be Matt’s action, of taking that suggestion and running with it. He made it happen, from getting his motorcycle license under immense pressure, securing the bike itself, riding home from Thunder Bay in the dark by himself with no phone for his inaugural trip on such a giant bike, and, of course, doing all of the driving.
It kept rippling, too, from my mom who lent me her jacket to my dad who helped keep us on the road, to Matt’s mom for nourishing us along the way and countless strangers who brightened our journey and showed true kindness. But that first pebble that dropped in the pond was a desire to connect with family, to be there for something important, to make that journey.