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Added a comment about feature Vans Video Vault: Ryan Guettler 2/19/2010 5:47 PM
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My best BMX memory is the most recent. BMX has played a huge part in my life sine I was about 11 years old. In the summer of 2007 the city plowed my dirt jumps and mini ramp to the ground and I stopped riding shortly after. That winter I joined the Marine Corps. After being in the Corps for a while I started to realize that I missed the ability to ride. Eventually though, I started to forget about BMX all together. I'm currently stationed in Japan and have been here for about a year or so. I stumbled upon a small BMX shop in Hiroshima and it sparked some memories that made me want to ride again but the motivation quickly faded since I didn't have a bike here. Just recently, my mother became very ill and I had to take emergency leave back to the states. My bike was still there in the garage and I decided that I would put it back together and hit up the skatepark for some stress relief. I rode two nights in a row. The second night, I ran into a few of my old riding buddies there at the park. We had an awesome session. I was starting to get back into the groove, throwing some of my old tricks, but most importantly, having a good time. After the session we all went out to eat and started talking about the old times and how much fun we used to have, the crazy things we used to do, the trips we took and how different things are today. That night, I realized how much I've actually changed in the past two and a half years. In that one evening, I completely changed my entire outlook on life, and decided to stop taking it so seriously. Since then, I've been doing my best to live every day to the fullest and to have the most fun I possibly can and not sweat the small stuff that used to get me down on a daily basis. One of these days I'll be too old to do so, and one of these days I won't be here. The next morning I boxed up the bike and shipped it to Japan. It hasn't arrived here yet but it's a large package and is probably struggling to get through customs but I'm anxious for it to arrive. It's one passion that I should have never forgotten, and it's lead me to this recent self discovery, and for that I don't think I could ever forget about it again. It's not so much the riding itself that makes this my favorite memory, it's the people that I was reunited with, the fun times we had, the lives we lived, and the way it's made me think about everything as a whole.

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