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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY Show, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Life Is Like Riding a Bicycle

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When I returned to the States in December after a year of touring, it felt like I’d been driving 100 MPH and then slammed on the breaks: whiplash.

But in retrospect, an Einstein metaphor seems more apropos: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Ergo, it wasn’t whiplash. Rather, when I stopped, the bike tipped and I skinned my face in the fall.

I’m back on the bike now, cruising at a tolerable, moderate speed. Last year’s Tour-de-France pace was not sustainable. But neither is absolute zero. Of course I never intended to maintain either speed in perpetuity, but it’s nice to know my limits, which’ve expanded considerably over the past twelve months.

Now, this year, 2015…

Professionally: In addition to building a school, we are finishing our minimalism documentary (you’re going to love it!); Ryan and I’re speaking at Miami University Ohio and a few conferences this spring, followed by Asymmetrical’s WordTasting Tour in the summer; and we are also contemplating our next steps: a potential TV show, tinkering with a possible podcast, and a few other things that’ve piqued our interest (including a few surprises). Whatever we do, we are interested in discovering creative ways to contribute to the world around us. Stay tuned.

Personally: I’m happy. With regained balance, I’m pedaling along deliberately, the wind at my back. Life is outstanding. Exciting times now; exciting times ahead. Thanks for riding alongside us.