Elspeth Beard is a hero of mine. She is one of the few women to have rode across the globe on a motorcycle, and she did so by herself, fighting accident and illness along the way.
Plus, she rides a Bimmer.
I would totally love to meet this woman. She’s done things I’ve only dreamed of.
The article about her… omg. Built her own panniers and brought a rivet gun along to keep ‘em together. Got her R60 going again after running it into a tree. Her passport (and visas) were stolen, but she sent off for them again. Nothing stopped her - and for much of the trip, it was just her.
Also, she mentions the bizarre custom of three-wide passing on a two-lane road - which is fucking bonkers when you first see it (and even more insane on a bike, I’d imagine).
She’s also a highly-commended architect. If there’s a Most Interesting Woman in the World, it’s her.
What burns you out is the constant strain of being responsible for a lot of other people’s stuff.
The good news is, as you get older, you gain perspective. Perspective helps alleviate burnout.
The bad news is, you gain perspective by having incredibly shitty things happen to you and the people you love. Nature has made it so that perspective is only delivered in bulk quantities. A railcar of perspective arrives and dumps itself on your lawn when all you needed was a microgram. This is a grossly inefficient aspect of the human condition, but I’m sure bright minds in Silicon Valley are working on a fix.
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Bruce Davidson - photos of NYC subway in 1980.