I often get comments from friends, from family and on social media, where people tell me, ‘I’m so lucky.’ I’m lucky because I live in Devon, I’m lucky because I’m riding somewhere, I’m lucky because I do work I enjoy…

To a certain extent, I get where people are coming from – Instagram’s a great one for inspiring dissatisfaction and all those carefully curated moments that pepper your feed can make you feel that your small patch of Planet Earth is just not quite as good as everyone else’s, or that others are doing better than you…

But to me luck is something totally random such as winning the lottery; it’s something you’ve no control over at all. Making life choices that eventually deliver you to the place that you want to be is something else entirely. Some of my decisions have been wise, others less so, and some of the directions I’ve taken have been fruitful whereas others weren’t. I’ve tried a lot of things and if they worked, great, but if they didn’t, so what? And believe me, lots of them didn’t…

juliet elliott cycling fixed gear italy

In none of this was there any kind of luck involved, It was down to decisions I took, many of them made because I never want to wonder, ‘what if?’

But as there’s no other perfect word to describe getting to a place you want to be, I guess we’ll have to stick with the word ‘luck.’ So how to be lucky? How to get that life you want?

The answer is simple. Stop wondering ‘what if,’ and stop day dreaming. You want to live in Devon? Do what I did, and wave goodbye to all you know and go. You can live where you want in your own country! You want to spend more time cycling? Stop partying so much and get up earlier at the weekend or get a job as a bike courier; it’s crap money but it’s a good laugh. You want a job doing something you like? Retrain, take a pay cut, set up your own business. Work hard and get where you want to be.

No one is born ‘ready formed,’ with their life set in concrete. Take your own life into your hands and just go for it. Choose to be happy. No excuses. And no luck needed.

Comments (11)
  1. Christopher Bernique December 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Good advise Juliet. I will probably never get to ride my bike in Italy but I enjoyed your “We are Italians” video and saved it in my favorites. As a matter of fact I think I will go watch it again. Thanks.

    • Juliet_Elliott December 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      thanks Christopher! Glad you liked the video too, it was fun making it though extremely cold!!! Stunning area. Maybe you will make it there – never say never!

  2. Vanessa December 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    First, I respect you as a sick bike chick. Although, while your words are encouraging, and making empowering decisions is a big part of creating the life that one desires, I respectfully challenge you to consider how this perspective may be limited.

    Have you considered how your options and decisions might have been different if some of the parameters of your life had been different? Had you been sickly, unattractive, and bred from generations of abject poverty, for example? Would all of the options and decisions have been the same?

    I’m sure, like anyone, you’ve had challenges to overcome. I just think that for many people, a kick ass life’s probably more of a combination of making the most of one’s opportunities, and having some basic opportunities to work from.


    • Juliet_Elliott December 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Hi Vanessa!

      Certainly we are not all born with the same opportunities and some people face more hardship than others. I absolutely agree with you that not everyone’s options are the same, however everyone does face decisions in life and the choices one makes directly influence the outcome. These choices could be as simple as choosing to go for a run instead of watching the television for half an hour, rather than anything ‘big’ such as changing career… What I’m trying to get at with this post is that trying to make your life the one you want it to be requires action, rather than just desire, and that in taking action you may not achieve what you want but you are at least taking things into your own hands.

  3. Ian Sansom December 30, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Love this, great stuff!

  4. Richard Tiller December 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Great positive vibes Juliet. Always enjoy reading your blogs / mags / postings. Now if I was taking that shot I’d end up taking everyone out. Dunno how Dave does it. 🙂

    Have a great new year guys. Onward and upward.

  5. Simon Edwards January 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Well said Juliet. The grass is always greener. Nothing falls into anyones lap just like that. A lottery win would be a curse. The only things worth having are the ones that are earned.

  6. Dan Palmer January 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    This is a really great piece. I often feel restrained by my own laziness, but I do at least blame on myself. Instagram (and such like) can be a very dangerous place for those seeking contentment.
    I find you, your pictures and blog a real encouragement and where one picture or otherwise can make a person jealous, it can inspire another. It is the person that decides, not your picture.
    Thank you.

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