Hendrik Broekelschen went the distance. In our book, this bicyclist and product of Corona del Mar is a champion on two wheels.
By pulling off a personal cycling feat, young Broekelschen set an example that could only be an inspiration to the 9.5% of Americans and 12.2% of Californians who have landed on the nation and state's unemployment rolls. As Broekelschen recounted in an op-ed piece published in the Pilot last week ("Sounding Off: Biking 1,500 miles along coast," Aug. 4), he became jobless in May.
Rather than become depressed about it, he took that setback and, with some imagination and courage, turned it into something positive. Many folks who lose their jobs might slip backward, seeking solace and comfort in a couch potato's existence. Or they might instead push on by frantically hunting for another means to make a living, but without taking the time to think carefully about what kind of work they really want to do or how they want to live.