Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Life is Like a Bicycle

CS Lewis & his older brother Warnie on bikes
Lately I have been contemplating some life choices. I look around at my peers and see their drive for worldly success, yet I also see how quickly this focus can become the demise of their emotional life.  What is it about our society that pushes us to work long hours?  Why do we feel the pressure to own nice things?  

Leaving the dollar bills behind, I've been focusing more on days off work for adventure rather than loading up my bank account.  Having a day off with Dustin means a happier Jamie (typically).  I've slowly come to the realization that when we can spend the day - not worrying about church or work or school - together, it makes all the difference.  Clearing the mind, usually by riding our bicycles, is the best medicine for emotional distress.

Focusing on the experiences - not the things.

Isn't it more rewarding to enjoy the relationships and adventures that life throws our way?  
Think back on the past 5 years of your life... what sticks out most in your memory?  Is it the closet full of clothes and new car or do you recall family vacations or picnics or bike rides or baseball games?  I know my thoughts track along the latter.

When I think on the "good times" in life, it's the parties, the people I've met along the way, the bike rides I've taken, and the good food with good people.  It's amazing how I can't even remember the things I've bought.

While riding our bikes this weekend through Cleveland Metroparks trails (which are amazing, by the way), I was able to chill out for the first time in a while.  Freedom swept over me with light breeze and I felt able to live life.  I didn't care about the work that was waiting for me when I got back. I didn't care about the house that needed cleaned, but rather focused on the here and now.  The crisp air, the breeze, the burn in my thighs as I pedaled up hills, and the company of my husband.  It was amazing.

Maybe there truly is something to the way of gypsy life.  Nothing to hold them down, just free to travel and live amongst one another.  I envy that.

For now, however, I will continue my slight bits of freedom via 2 wheels down the open trail.

 "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein
(More Bicycle Quotes available here)  

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that you have found this freedom. It sounds like a great way to clear your head and get away from responsibilities.