Sometimes I think that being gentle and careful is better than being straightforward and decisive. Because of this, I often walk the line between being rigid and flexible.
But then I meet people like my uncle, or R— (above) who are completely unashamed of who they are. Often they stick to what the believe even if they offend anyone. In a world where people lose sight of their values, compromising their lives away for the sake of someone or something else, it's admirable to hold your ground.
Sometimes, you have to just say fuck it, and do what you know is right, even if it hurts a lot of people or isn't the perfect solution.
"I put 30,000 miles on this motorcycle in six months. I'll go for breakfast, put 5 or 1,000 miles on it in a weekend. That's five hundred. I ride this thing out to Montana. Go 120 the whole way."
R— grew up on a ranch in Eastern Washington. He told me once that he lived on a motorcycle for fifteen years. A vision comes to mind of him blasting down the freeway.
"People heap a lot of shit on you," he said, just before he rode off. "I just have get out and clean all that shit out from between my ears."