04 Oct Riding My Bike Is Selfless
Kids love riding bikes? Why? It’s fun! There’s a sense of freedom that’s exhilarating. Almost intoxicating. Kids’ lives are scheduled and controlled by others—parents, teachers, grandparents, babysitters, camp counselors and pretty much everyone and anyone with whom they come in contact. So, when a child gets on a bike, she is in charge! Her leg muscles propel her forward. Her eyes and arms steer her in the direction she wants to go. She decides where she wants to go, how fast and with whom she takes the journey.
I believe, as a mother, wife, coach and personal trainer, a big part of the reason why I love to ride my bike is for freedom, independence and adventure. My husband, with whom I’ve been happily married for 4 years, has finally begun to understand WHY I need to ride my bike. I ride for more than just exercise. I ride for my therapy. I ride as my social outlet. I ride for sense of self. I ride because I feel absolutely euphoric, exhilarated and peaceful when I ride.
For anyone reading this who doesn’t ride, you’re probably thinking, “What’s the big deal?! It’s just a bike.” No, my friend, it’s not JUST a bike. It’s your vehicle to absolute bliss.
When you ride, whether it’s on the roads or trails, you have to focus. It’s meditative. You can’t really think about anything else. What a relief! Most of my days are spent juggling schedules, to-do lists, promises, priorities and responsibilities. When I slip into my cycling shorts, funky shoes, helmet and shades, I am transformed. It’s all about ME! Never, is my life all about ME anymore. And that’s OK.
I’ve made these choices in my life. I LOVE my kids. I LOVE my husband. I LOVE my career. But, that doesn’t mean, I don’t feel like I’m being pulled in many directions. It doesn’t mean, I don’t feel like there’s not enough of me to go around. Cloning technology is taking too long. I need time for ME! Being exasperated and happy are not mutually exclusive. You can be both!
Riding is ME time. When I give the time to myself, I have so much to offer others. Making sure I’m healthy and happy is selfless. The bigger the challenges we face at home or at work, the more important it is that we take care of ourselves. Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be of Service to others.