Weekend Warm-Up: Life in General

Adventure Films
Bryan Fox. Photo: The Snow Boarder's Journal

For snowboarder and surfer Bryan Fox, life in general is pretty good. He got engaged, does what he loves for a living, and is now the proud owner of a sweet 1975 GMC Vandura he calls The General.

Yet he always has trouble focusing on the present. Perhaps a victim of PTSD from military service, perhaps naturally fretful, his mind has trouble focusing. Instead, it drifts constantly to future scenarios that may or may not come to pass. He soon realizes that life in The General helps him not give in to the anxieties of the future and to appreciate the beauty around him.

Sreenshot from the film. Photo: Quicksilver

After receiving word that his dad’s old van was available, Bryan Fox flew to Mexico to collect his new home. He chose to live in it, simply and without luxury. For weeks, he enjoyed sunny Baja, driving the coastline hunting for the best waves to surf. He, his fiancé Kelly, and surfer friend Trevor Gordon spent their time living off the sea, driving, surviving the effects of heatstroke, and more driving.

As contradictory as it is for someone who lives nomadically, he is not used to living in the moment. He is at something of an impasse. At 36, he feels the pressure to make certain life decisions. 

Shot from the film. Photo: Quicksilver

The General takes him thousands of kilometres from the desert heat to British Columbia’s wintry mountains. Here, he and a group of friends go snowboarding. Here, he is grounded. He has snowboarded since high school and feels at home in the snow. The mountains give him clarity. He has come to see The General as a tool for transition: from the desert to snow, from overthinking to peace of mind. While it is common for people to dislike change, he decides to embrace it and its inevitability. 

As he soars over the powdery slopes, he embraces the moment. The snow rushing beneath his board gives him a delicious freedom of not worrying about life in general.

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About the Author

Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu

Kristine De Abreu is a writer (and occasional photographer) based in sunny Trinidad and Tobago.

Since graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in English and History, she has pursued a full-time writing career, exploring multiple niches before settling on travel and exploration. While studying for an additional diploma in travel journalism with the British College of Journalism, she began writing for ExWeb.

Currently, she works at a travel magazine in Trinidad as an editorial assistant and is also ExWeb's Weird Wonder Woman, reporting on the world's natural oddities as well as general stories from the world of exploration.

Although she isn't a climber (yet!), she hikes in the bush, has been known to make friends with iguanas and quote the Lord of the Rings trilogy from start to finish.

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