Here at Rocks and Sun, we know that life isn’t always smooth and easy. There are bumps and knocks, holes and hills, bruises and dirt. For every summit, there are hours of burning lungs and legs before and after. And for every moment of joyous success, there are hours of practice and falls.
Life is hard. Life is painful. Life is messy.
And we love it that way.
Our goals as adventure parents are not to make life simple and easy for our child. We aren’t taking him into the wilderness for photo ops, and we’re not teaching him about life through a computer screen. When we take him outside, we do it so he can experience the full spectrum of this dazzling world.
When we hike, he learns how it feels to work for a goal. When we bike, he learns how it feels to crash before success. When we camp, he learns about the balance between day and night. And when we climb, he learns to push past fear to find joy in simple, beautiful movement.
Because in the end, hardships make life feel more full. The blood on our knees tells us we are living deeply, daring greatly, and dreaming beautifully. The dirt on our faces make our smiles shine brighter.
Few people live this message quite as well as Jen on the blog Velo Mom. Last year, she lost her youngest son to terrible violence, but has pushed through the overwhelming pain and loss to teach us all about the importance of living life fully. Jen’s passion, and her son’s passion, revolves around life lived by bicycle. On those two wheels, powered by strong little legs, so many adventures can be had and beautiful memories created. To honor the life of little Axel, Jen and her family founded the Axel Project to help encourage families and kids to get active and get biking. On the one year anniversary of Axel’s death, they announced a new project: a children’s book called Zoom!
This book is the story of a little boy and how he explores the world on his balance bike. It is a short, simple, and sweet message about the power that bicycling can have in every life, from the smallest to the biggest. I have kicked in to help fund this project because it truly speaks to the values that our family cherishes. We love our bikes, and little G loves his balance bike. I know he will love this book and its message as well.
If you believe that life is best lived outdoors, in the dirt, and through adventure, then please join me in supporting ZOOM! By Clicking Here to get to Kickstarter.
And we’re not the only ones who feel this way! Here are some fellow adventure families that also support the Axel Project and ZOOM!