Take The Time to Slow Down
Tree Lined Concert Hall
One of the many things I love about riding my bicycle are the sights and sounds of nature. There is something spiritual about the smell of fresh rain, a bit of chill in the air, and hundreds of birds singing above your head.
On my way to an early morning meeting last week I was reminded of why I have wanted to make the leap from a fair weather rider to an everyday rider. As I pedaled along the almost deserted street, (not much traffic at 8:30 am in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Lakeside between 15th and 7th), I had to stop and pause. Feet off the pedals with my face to the sky I smiled to myself.
All To Myself
The symphony echoing around me deserved an audience. If only for a brief moment. At those times, the marketer in me feels the urge to pull out my phone; record it to share. However, the selfish part of me wants to keep it to myself. Which is what I ultimately chose to do. I kept it all. Misty rain drops on my face, the quiet of the morning, only interrupted for a few minutes by the feathered chorus.
Thinking about it now makes my heart skip a beat, while those around me ponder the goofy smile on my face. I believe sometimes we need to get out of our own way. Slow down, turn off the devices, and take a step outside.
Not a Simple Proposition
Choosing to ride my bicycle instead of driving means I need to make adjustments and different choices. I need to leave earlier for meetings, (especially if I am riding to Hayden or Post Falls), a trip to the grocery store means only buying what fits in my backpack, and planning out my errands. But, I still wear what I would wear even if I were driving, (yes I have ridden in heels and a dress), the piece of Cheesecake doesn’t fill me with regret, and I get free symphony concerts from time to time.
I will, on occasion, try to describe my biking experiences here and maybe, just maybe, I will even record some of them. Rest assured, there will be more moments I selfishly keep to myself, though. If you want to know what it is actually like, you will have to find out for yourselves ????
Until next time…Let there be cake. Cheers and Ride (or Walk) On!