Today a new challenge has presented itself to me.
70 km by bike on a road without a stop band.
With climbs, descents and turns.
Then under a blazing sun, around 40 degrees.
In this context of tar jungle, I am the most vulnerable and I have to comply with the law of the strongest.
There, these huge trucks and cars that run at full speed are a real danger to me.
My enemies, my fears.
My life course has shown me that you have to embrace your fears, to get to know them and then tame them.
So that’s what I did.
I took this road so dangerous.
Then I improvised.
I started by looking alternately in front of and behind me, without stopping.
Then I made peace with my enemies.
I greeted everyone.
With a big gesture of the open hand “hello to you”.
Then thumb up “cool” positive energy.
To which they answered with a blow of honking.
Gesture of friendship, recognition and brotherhood.
And I moved away from the path.
With a simple gesture, I transformed a situation of conflict, source of hatred and fear.
In a moment of joy.
Instant of human connection.
There is no solution in the conflicts.
In my personal life, which is related to my life as a photojournalist, I find it essential to talk to people with opposite opinions to mine.
To try to understand how they think in this way, open the dialogue and perhaps change our opinions.
And then I could ride this road.
Without god nor master.
Master of no one but me.
My decisions, my actions.
With the gods from horizons by my side.
I chose to belong to no group.
For the same desire for peace.
I respect the beliefs of all.
I am Human (biped on two wheels right now).
I have witnessed many scenes that neither science nor reason can explain. So I accept that not everything can be explained and that there is something that governs what our human mind does not control.
I make a friendship with them.
On the roads and on the oceans, I communicate with them through the sun and the stars.
I ask them to look after the people I love.
And bring some comfort to people who do not have the chance I have.
Because everything is linked on Earth and we must do everything to move towards a better balance.
For my part, I continue on this road.
Without thinking too much, just feel.
I feel the muscles of my legs pinching me.
And my butt is irritated.
A friend who has suffered a lot physically explained to me that physical suffering is much less than mental suffering.
So I tell myself that by continuing to pedal, it will help me calm my internal pains.
At 31, I have already won so much and lost way too much that I lost the desire to win and I feel that I have nothing to lose.
I will offer my energy to what remains inside of me: my values.
I will carry high and strong, wherever the wind will carry me, the banner of humanism, linked to environmentalism.
Love of the Human and love of all living things.
And shout with all my heart: “Long live life!”