Last Sunday, two incredibly inspiring people were killed in Kyrgyzstan as they rode their bikes around the world. Two people who decided to live their lives to the fullest and experience what most people may never even dream of. In their own words, “life is short and the world is big and we want to make the most out of our youth and good health before they’re gone”.
Their ideals hit close to home. We feel a great connection with this couple and we are sad that our paths did not cross. Despite having never met Lauren and Jay, we miss them already. If it hadn’t been for the incredibly senseless actions of a sad and misguided group of people, much of the world may have let them ride by unseen.
On their blog, they talk about their unshaken faith in humanity, letting only their encounters with the incredible and hospitable shape their view despite so often finding the opposite. One particularly moving post states that “badness exists, sure, but even that’s quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this”.
They made the choice to fill their life with purpose, trading comfort for experience. Would they choose this rich life cut short or a long life spent behind a glowing rectangle? Sadly we cannot ask, but based on the choices they made, we can venture to guess.
By killing these bright and innocent people, this light which was attempted to be turned out now burns brighter than ever. Not only has this group failed in its effort, but has helped to spread this light that Lauren and Jay held.