After 3 suicide attempts and a 4th in the works, a friend would change Daniel Hurd's AKA Lt. Dan's life and lead to something bigger than he ever thought.
In 2017, I was in a dark place in life. I had tried to commit suicide for the third time and felt like my life was this dark void. After I was released from the hospital, I was in the stage of telling everyone I was better but deep down I still had no idea how to change my life or what direction to go in.
My best friend had tried for years to get me to go bicycling with him with no success. He was an avid rider and I never really had the motivation to join him. I rode motorcycles and in my mind that would be a downgrade. This time though, for several reasons I ended up taking up his offer. With nothing to lose I decided to ride with him and two mutual friends. We rode 20 miles!
After that trip everything changed. I realized what got me through it wasn't worrying about the past or the future but only by living in the moment. Taking it “one pedal at a time" became my mantra and my turning point. Hearing that being said to me was like someone throwing a glow stick in the void. My void wasn't as deep as I thought.
I fell in love with bicycling quick and started planning longer trips. I became addicted to cycling. This was a better addiction than my past choices of alcohol and drugs. Only a few months of riding, I knew that I needed to do something EPIC. Realizing living in the moment was the key for me in my life which has led me to this journey."
One Pedal At A Time Movement also known as OPAAT MOVEMENT's purpose is to raise Suicide Prevention Awareness.