Sean Suydam is on the last few days of his AIDS/LifeCycle ride, he shares a rider's sentiments.
So I know I have blogged over the years about AIDS/Lifecycle but I wanted this year to be different, and to really get comments from other riders. Tonight I got this from my friend Frank and I think it's amazing and asked him if I could share it, he was very kind and said yes!
Today I figured something important out. For close to a year I kept hearing about this AIDS/LifeCycle "love bubble" and it wasn't until today that it finally all hit me.
The love bubble is about community. It's about being nice to each other, holding doors open for each other, asking how others are doing, giving a hug, receiving a hug, getting up from the table and asking if anybody needs anything.
It's the consideration that everybody comes from different backgrounds, has different bodies and is fighting different things. Its the feeling that anybody standing next to me or riding next to me or smiling at me is a brother/ sister. It's unity and togetherness. It's the willingness to be vulnerable emotionally, physically and even spiritually.
It's the belief that everybody is worthy of care and support, joy and most importantly, love. It's cheering each other on in quiet moments, down lonely stretches of road or at the tops of hills when a sea of people will turn in unison to clap for somebody who didn't think they could make it up the hill, but then did.
The love bubble, to me, represents the very best of what I see in the world, outside of the bubble.
It's a microcosm for the way things could always be if we actively chose to engage each other with love and respect, on a daily basis. It is humbling and it is beautiful. And above all, it gives me hope. Today I felt hopeful being a part of this community.
So I'm grateful to be lying in a sleeping bag, in a tent, in the middle of a park in Santa Maria, with butt cream on my nether regions, my husband Christopher snoring next to me, and fig newton crumbs all over my neck, surrounded by a bubble of other people who also decided to get on a bike to ride through California to help spread awareness, to fight HIV/AIDS, to raise money for the people who need it most, and to love each other through the entire process.
It’s a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. For more information click HERE.