Friday, April 5, 2013
What a difference a ride makes: from ruinous to joyful
I drove my daughter to school this morning and, by car, it looked like a rather ruinous day with rain and wind and lots of stuff blowing around.
Later when I got out on my bike, it seemed more like a beautiful spring morning. The type of morning that makes me promise things like: I'll never take for granted the beautiful green canopy of trees just starting to leaf. Or I'll get started riding earlier (because I've always wished I'd left earlier once I'm out on the road.) Or I won't forget to be grateful to my body for taking me all sorts of places (or the bike fitters that enabled me to ride with a challenging knee, but that's another post). That sort of thing.
So the difference by car and then by bike was quite notable.
Yes, it's raining and windy, but also kind of exciting out there in Seattle today. I hope you can find time for a ride!
As I finished writing these words, there was that happy little 'tink' sound from Facebook and I received the following message (slightly edited to hide the person's identity and used with the author's permission):
Such a moving message on so many levels. The small part that is relevant to this blog is that I am a reluctant blogger--it seems just a bit silly and self-indulgent at times and I am still very much a novice at it. After reading something like that it gives me the courage to click"publish." As the next text message said:
The reluctant blogger meets the reluctant biker. Fate!
And a wonderful reminder of how we all inspire each others in so many ways.
Thank you, thank you.
Posted by none at 10:10 PM