A Rebel with a Cause

 

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Image courtesy AMC

There’s something hauntingly beautiful about the open road. The long winding turns are direct reflections of the trials we face each day. Each parallel line leads us to our next destination. We are so quick to reach our destinations that we forget about our journeys.  Do we stop and enjoy the scenery?  Do we allow the wind to hit our face? Do we stop and meet someone new? Unfortunately, we forget how much freedom lies in a single moment.

I received a reminder from a good friend of mine in LA that Norman Reedus’ second season of “RIDE” starts this Sunday. He texted me a photo of the huge billboard sitting up high on Sunset Boulevard advertising the show.

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Photo by Justin Lawrence

He knows I love Norman Reedus, but we also share a connection to LA.  Earlier this year, I traveled to LA and was able to take in the sites. It’s nice to be able to recognize Sunset Boulevard and have that connection with my friend. If I didn’t go to LA, then Sunset wouldn’t have any meaning to me because I would’ve experienced it.  The experiences we have together build a unique connection as we continue through our journeys in life.

Last year, I watched “RIDE with Norman Reedus” for the first time. I watched it because Reedus is awesome, and I was lucky enough to meet him a few years ago. I was curious to see what the show was about because I expected a motorcycle education reality show.  “RIDE” is about connections, life and our world. The way a pirate longs for the sea, Reedus owns the road. He’s a modern-day pirate taking control of the road with his first mates. Each week, he travels to different destinations around the world. What makes this show unique is Reedus educates us on how to live in the moment. He rides into different cities and learns from the locals. He takes a minute to breathe and enjoy the world around him.

After watching the first season, I realized two things. First, I need to travel to new destinations and actually learn how to experience the moment.  Second, I need to slow down. I think we all need to slow down. What I really appreciate about “RIDE” is, Reedus is never in a hurry to move to the next destination. He is so immersed in the moment, and he captures each city in an exotic way.  Reedus is such a rebel in life, but he has a cause for it all. He wants us to see our world, appreciate others and not be afraid to take those chances. He truly is a rebel with a cause.

If you haven’t had the chance to watch “RIDE” make sure you check out the season two special premiere this Sunday at 11PM EST on AMC.  All episodes will air Mondays at 9PM EST on AMC.

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