CHAPTER 3: Along the way, almost every person I passed or who passed me asked why the heck I had a bike on my shoulder. After a dozen failed attempts to explain, while gasping for breath, the connections between Khan Academy, Ride or Pi, and the reason I was willing to suffer, I gave up. .
I blamed my prosaic Greek, spoken only during short holidays over the past ten years, for my inability to communicate the significance of the quest I was on. I realized that there was no way to summarize climbing Olympus with a bike on my back in a couple sentences. I was following a gut feeling, so the connections between the objects and actions were tenuous at best. It admittedly doesn’t make sense. One might even say it’s… irrational.
See, there are two kinds of people in everyone’s lives. Most people will tell you that things are difficult, not worth it, or even impossible. They think small so they want you to think small too. They feel threatened when someone is willing to risk more or endure more than they are.
On the other hand, a select few will say “Fuck yeah, that’s awesome! How can I help?” They’re not threatened by your desire to change the world. They want you and everyone around them to do great things because they know that that’s how we collectively become better. When you find those people, cherish them because they’re few and far between.
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