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Another Exhausting and Sore Lesson in Enjoying Life

Being in debt can be all consuming. It feels like it chokes out the sun, postpones anything possibly good and muffles all laughter.

But even in the face of financial troubles it is important to remember to keep on living, looking for anything positive to celebrate and embrace life while you can.

My advice on how to do this is to set aside amnesty time. Just give yourself a day a week to just be with friends, family, or even be alone to think about other things. Do something totally different. Maybe even pickup a new and inexpensive hobby.

For me my hobby is long motorcycle rides. I’ve written about my bike before.

This past weekend I got to spend time riding with Tom, my cousin from Pittsburgh, and Charles from Raleigh. Our wives kept calling in the Wild Hogs weekend but really it was just a bunch of guys out to enjoy 1,200 miles of America.

The weather was amazing. Amazingly hot! The afternoons were in the 90s but luckily most of our time was spent in the mountains so that cooled things down just a bit.

Now in the face of money troubles, a weekend away riding might be too much to afford with hotels and the like, but certainly a day of riding is doable. I’m not suggesting you go out and buy a motorcycle if you don’t have one already. But if you do have one, ride it.

For me riding is like flying. Either flying a plane or riding my motorcycle, my brain gets away and just focuses on the moment at hand. I get to put everything else away. I didn’t even think about debt settlement issues once while I was away except for the Freedom Debt Relief commercial that appeared on the TV during dinner at the American Indian restaurant in Cherokee, NC. Damn you Freedom Debt Relief.

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Cherokee, NC is where I got to enjoy fireworks, standing in front of my hotel, as they were shot off from the local high school.

Here are some moments from the road this weekend.

Pilot Mountain, NC
Pilot Mountain, NC – This is what the town Mt. Pilot was named after in the Mayberry RFD television show.

McDonalds Message
From a McDonalds on the road. First time I read it I didn’t see the dash in front of management.

On the Road
On the way.

I was all covered up to avoid the sun the first day except for my hands. Got sunburn on the back of my hands. Wore gloves the rest of the trip.

In the Smokies
The three of us in the Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN.

In the Mountains
The view from the highest point of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Highest Point on the Blue Ridge parkway

I’m back at my desk now, very sore and tired from the last two ten hour days on the twisty mountain roads.

It’s time to get back to work but I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to live the experience and share those times with good friends. Life is worth living.


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Steve Rhode

Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

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