BEN Felten was contemplating the universe while drinking a rum and guava juice on a Barbados beach in 2011.
Australia's Felten was on tour of the West Indies and decided he was getting too old for the cricket caper.
"I realised I wasn't as speedy and nimble any more," Felten said.
"It was time to pack it in."
The next step was deciding what to do instead.
How about an attempt on the world landspeed motorcycle record?
"I thought 'You can't do that, you idiot'," he said.
"Then I thought 'Why not'?"
A bit of enlightenment is needed here: Felten is blind, has been since he was 23.
At 46 he's leaving a career that has made him a blind-cricket legend, and he's also been a representative rower.
Felten's now aiming for the world blind motorcycle speed record and has done the research.
He can tell you the record is held by Billy Baxter and stands at 265.33kph.
Baxter was a sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery in Kosovo and went blind overnight.
"Well, it's just a concept but I've done a lot of research," Felten said of his new ambition.
But it's not a new pursuit; motorcycling was his first and remains his greatest sporting love.
"I've ridden a bike since I was five or six," he said.
It was bike riding as a teenager at home in Winmalee that led to the discovery of the rare genetic disease that would blind Felten, then with perfect vision.
"I was riding a bike with no lights at night on a fire trial, hit a tree and suffered concussion," he said.
The accident caused no eye damage, but examination revealed the problems.
Before his sight went, Felten went fast, fast enough to set a record of 8.8sec for the Oran Park quarter mile.
Now he would like to make up for those lost times.
He's got the offer of a bike from Suzuki and he's got a technical support team offering help.
"You've got to find a venue that is safe and long enough," he said.
"It has to be on tar. Salt lakes are out because you can only get 60 per cent traction."
He's approached Richmond air base and it has been receptive; Albury Wodonga has the longest runway and it's a possibility.
"I want to inspire and motivate," he said of helping people chase their dreams by showing they can be achieved by support and preparation.