WHY DO I RIDE? (Careful, this may be deep) This digs deep into the lyrics, song titles and meaning behind the playlist I recently created for a class at Urban BODY Fusion.   Why do you Ride? 

ADRENALINE: Isn’t Life Such a Thrill

"BECAUSE…. In Life, we all face obstacles both big and small, but it can seem impossible to master them all. We strive for “Some Happy Nights”, but our “Demons” come out and challenge us to these fights. We are faced with a challenge from within. “Survival” mode activates and we let the fight begin. It may seem we are chasing “A Light That Never Comes”, as these days fly by and bring us “Closer To The Edge”. We “Hold On” and brace the constant “Chop and Change”, for this “Summertime Sadness” just adds power to the already digging dredge. Life is but a “Beautiful War” and if we “Slow It Down” enough to notice, we’re merely rising like “The Phoenix” through each day full of all kinds of critics. We awaken each day, ready and armed for our fight searching for something from within.... maybe it's the Light. We are Alive, and I say, It’s “Time To Get Ill”, after all, Isn’t Life Such a Thrill." – Dana Urban

Time To Get Ill Beastie Boys
Escape 30 Seconds To Mars
Beautiful War Kings Of Leon
Summertime Sadness Lana Del Rey 
Demons Imagine Dragons
Some Happy Nights (Fun. vs. C2C) Mighty Mike
Closer To The Edge 30 Seconds To Mars
Hold On Alabama Shakes
Chop And Change (Soundtrack Version) The Black Keys
My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up) Fall Out Boy
Survival Muse
Adrenaline Shinedown
The Phoenix Fall Out Boy
Slow It Down Goo Goo 

We Ride to "ESCAPE", we ride to feel ALIVE, we ride so that we may continue to THRIVE!  We Ride to Listen and we Ride to Feel, but sometimes we ride with hopes that our minds will just be still!

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in RISING UP every time we fail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

PERSEVERANCE:  to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose inspite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

I started this post a couple days ago with the idea to write about perseverance, thoughts of failure and never giving up.  I often touch on this subject in my Spin® classes and even have rides directly themed around the topic that include inspiration from songs like "Uprising", "Awake and Alive", "Kings & Queens", "Man in the Mirror", etc.  When I coach my riders in such a ride, I tend to use phrases such as "Tap into Your Power", "Rise Up", "Don't Back Down", "You Can Make it to the Top", and "Never Surrender".  Today, I found this amazing video on YouTube and immediately was inspired to share.  I have seen this a time or two in the past, but not in a long time.  I will now remind myself to watch this video every time I feel the urge to give up.  I encourage you to take the five minutes and nineteen seconds out of your day to give this a view.  This video, and the inspiration behind it, could instantly change your mindset.  We are all truly blessed with certain abilities, individual talents, and the initial will to fight.  Use your talents, your abilities, and your will to fight and just PERSEVERE.

Throughout the many journeys in our lives, we often come to a point where we feel like giving up. We may give up before we've really even begun, or just before we're about to make a huge break-through.  We always have a choice to at least "try" to succeed and if we are alive, anything is possible, as long as we're willing to put forth a little extra effort.  We are bound to make mistakes along the way.  The lessons we learn from these mistakes and our experiences is what makes us stronger, getting us closer to our dream.

Discovering your strength is the key to perseverance.  You are stronger than you think, and a couple of setbacks along the way are not enough to stop you from achieving your goals.  Unlock the door to your dreams and set out to make it happen.  Prove yourself to the world, but mostly to yourself.  You CAN and WILL achieve.  The only failure is in giving up without a fight.

Believe in yourself when nobody else will.  Don't sell yourself short.  People will come along in your life that either build you up or bring you down.  Spend more time with the ones that tend to build you up.  Life is too short for downers.  When you're told what you want to achieve is not possible, PERSEVERE, and keep moving forward.  Don't let anyone destroy your dreams of achievement. Surround yourself with family and friends that will support you on your journey and support them
on their journey as well.

Perseverance is a day by day decision, but it is still a choice.  It is our choice, in fact, and we all deserve success.  Maintaining this mind set can be a challenge, but no one ever said it would be easy. Take notice and nurture your small successes along the way.  Realizing the small differences you've already made will help rebuild your confidence so you can continue to move forward.  Remember that success is a journey and not a destination.  If you maintain an attitude of 'Fight till the Finish', then 'Fight till the Finish' you will.

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