JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
I had the weirdest experience today. So, I check my Facebook and had a message from a guy that moderates a Jeep Facebook page. The guy's message...we will add you to the page again if you stop posting stuff from your website.
These were my first two thoughts. First, wait...I was deleted?? Second, this is a page where Jeepers get together to show their love for the Jeep Life. Shouldn't we all be supporting each other? It seemed odd that because I was the one that wrote something, I couldn't be the one to post it too?
I do this website because I LOVE Jeeps and the stuff I post, I have a passion for. I want to share cool stuff that I find with people that love Jeeps, and share my interests. It's not a business, I'm not selling anything. In fact, that same guy has posted the same stuff or similar stuff that I post about, to that same page. There is a lesson here though.
I was almost hurt by the message. I know I try to welcome all in the Jeep family. I try and help, and share, and just be, at some level...friends with the folks that share love for Jeeps. Is that not how most of us are?
Hmmm...I think the Jeep community is still the greatest group of folks from every walk of life I've met. I never have the opportunity to talk to perfect strangers about a top, or bumper like I do fellow Jeepers. It's just fun!
So, I vote we all enjoy each other and what each of us have to offer.we support each other. We focus on building each other up versus tearing each other down. Remember...we only have one shot at this, and after all it is called the...Jeep Life!
Ok, ok, I'll stop complaining now. :-)
I love the idea of skilled Jeepers taking their love and passion for the trails and sharing it with the new Jeeper that is craving that life. Learning the right things to do on the trail is important, and it's also important the skilled Jeeper takes time to open their arms to all the folks that need a little help.
The Jeep Life is for anyone that wants to live it. The heart and spirit of adventure lies within us all, and new or veteran Jeep owners have commonality...we love our Jeeps and the great outdoors!
This past weekend, I got an invite from a friend to go to a meet and greet for Lost Jeeps SoCal, the Jeep Club he belongs to. I have owned a Jeep since the early 90's and have never been to a meeting, been out on a trail with, or even thought about joining a Jeep Club. No real reason why really, just haven't I suppose.
What I saw there, makes me realize...I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT! It was great. A bunch of good people, from all walks of life, coming together for some fun and for their love of Jeep. Doesn't matter what the Jeep looks like, or how it's set up, it's a Jeep and that's good enough for them. The "open arm" acceptance was awesome.
The best thing that I experienced was this...
There was a guy there. He saw the meet up on Facebook, and being new to the area...he thought he stop in. It seemed like maybe this guy was working through some junk. He had a nice set up, you can tell he was...A, a gearhead and B, knew what he was doing out there on the trails. What was great though, is how I met him that night, introduced him to my friend, and the next day I saw pictures of him on the Club run having fun with the crew. That's what the Jeep family stands for! I love it.
Ok, let's set aside for a moment how nice it is to have skilled wheelers looking out for you on the trail. It was so cool to see a group of folks accepting a guy they just met, no judgement, just friendship with some fellow jeepers. If that's what every Jeep Club is like...then we should all join a Jeep Club!
Thanks for the invite guys!
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