In bikepacking, if you choose to ride with a group of people you want to make sure they are like minded. They have the same goals, agree upon the route and any plan B's, ride at the same level or willing to hang back to help. If you have any rouge riders it can make for a difficult trip. While you're working on getting everyone else to the destination, you're also working on trying to keep the rouge rider on course too. I call this the yo-yo effect. You spend your whole trip yo-yoing from one group to the other and then back again.
Same goes for those people you choose to surround yourself with. Good friends or like minded friends will always be there, but friends that operate on themselves will come and go.
I read a very interesting statement concerning the people you call your friends: "You will need at least six good friends because that’s how many it will take to carry your casket to the grave. Quite literally, your friends should be the last to let you down."
“Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing! Like billowing clouds that bring no rain is the person who talks big but never produces.”
I'll be honest. That saying and this verse really made me do an evaluation of the people I call friends. Do I have 6 friends that will carry my casket to the grave? Do you have 6 friends that will carry your casket?
Take a minute and look around you. Are your friends willing to lift you up, ask the tough questions, or be there for you when you fall? A good support staff is key in pursuing His plans for your life. There will be more people willing to tear you down then lift you up!
Let's find those 6 people and bring His good news to the world!
Thanks and God Bless!