Let’s go back to the beginning of this year. February to be exact. Josh had been off the bike for months and, admittedly, had no clue about what he was doing with his life. You see, just a few months prior, Josh’s dad had passed away and, as many of us have experienced, the loss of a loved one impacted him greatly. Our CBD Advocate found himself in an emotional low and, as he had done in the past, looked toward cycling to rejuvenate his spirit. It would be the 5th time Josh had vocally expressed his desire to cycle around the world. But with the grand possibilities came the inner deliberation and he found himself questioning the validity of his choice. Although he felt that familiar intuitive tug, that fundamental need to return to his path, he received unwelcomed opposition. Not only from his friends who questioned his purpose, but also from himself.
Until he had a dream.
On top of rediscovering his purpose and recovering after the loss of his father, Josh was also trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle by not consuming alcohol. It was something he spent a sizeable amount of his adulthood doing and it was a means of bonding with his friends. So, giving up alcohol meant giving up connections and that reality stung, but Josh knew it was a necessary amendment to make if he was going to succeed. He was celebrating 3-4 months of sobriety by the time he reached the south of England on this cycling attempt. And it was there in Dover, amidst his sobriety assertion, where a premonition would find him, tying together two ethereal threads and forever quelling any anxiety about his future.
Physically, he was in England but subconsciously, Josh’s dream sent him home to Edinburgh. He walked down the stairs of his house to find his dad awaiting him in their living room. He was a big supporter and unending source of encouragement for Josh, especially when it came to cycling and as Josh approached him, they shook hands and his father issued his approval with a ‘Good Luck. Go for it, Son.’ Reassured, Josh opened his front door to leave and found the interior of his local pub where his front garden should have been. He was in full cycling regalia with his bike in tow as he entered and it brought the place to a stand-still. The locals that he passed so much time with and knew so well asked him to join them for a pint, to which Josh replied “I’m not really doing that anymore. I’m cycling to Australia.” He received looks of dismay for his response and then they asked him why. “I just am” is all he said before peddling down his driveway to begin.
The next day, instead of boarding the ferry to France, Josh abandoned the insight of his dream, and, rather than pursuing his trip to Oz, he returned home. He remembers vividly a similar outcome in 2017 while cycling through Spain after confiding in his journal that he was considering a career in cycling for the first time. Subconsciously being open to the grand possibility of where that might take him also left him open, in the same respect, to doubt and fear. And that year he saw yet another journey cut short. It wasn’t until he became involved with Elixinol that Josh more seriously revisited his calling. Originally pledging to cycle from Edinburgh to Istanbul, Josh has now gone above and beyond his initial commitment and has finally landed in the place his dream has called him to: Australia.
But he no longer suffers from being at the mercy of his uncertainty anymore and it’s thanks to the divine reminder Josh received on the day he arrived in Australia. Not only was he celebrating coming farther than he ever had before, but he was also celebrating, on that very day, his one-year anniversary of sobriety. His dream symbolised these meaningful achievements eight months prior and literally predicted their coincidence. Call it Kismet. Profound. Spooky, even. By any name, it was surely acknowledged by Josh.
So many things could have gone wrong, and did, during the Asia leg of the cycle to affect the Australian arrival date, from visa issues to travel times, but in the end it was meant to be and Josh knows that he was destined to arrive in Australia on that very day no matter what. That realisation, for him, has been crystal clear. His divination has given him a perspective he is at peace with and he is viewing his journey now with clarity, trusting the process of being guided by the omnipotent force that binds us all. He is enjoying, simply, following the queues and trying his best without attachment to any outcomes- the makings for any successful journey.
Josh always knew that if he could make it to the one-year mark without alcohol, he could make it, then, for the rest of his life. So, celebrating the victory that is a year is, actually, celebrating a life-long freedom. As far as cycling goes, he has doubted his path many times in the past which has always gave way to failure. But not anymore. He has confidence, now, in knowing that the outcome of his life, at the core, is predetermined. While the variables surrounding his future may shift and change, one thing will remain constant: he’s never doubted is his ability.