Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The "Cycle" of Life

I often take long (20-25 mile) bike rides, rides that have a way of making me philosophize. Often, it occurs to me that life is like a long bike ride.

Some paths are straighter than others.

You have to follow the rules if you want to live through it, though it's sometimes okay to bend them. I ride on the side facing traffic, for example, and I don't always come to a complete stop before railroad tracks.

If you never go off the main road, you will miss some good stuff.

Sometimes, what you see up ahead will be ominous,

and you might need to take a little break.

Sometimes, it seems like it's all uphill, but if you stick with it, the payoff can be great.

If you don't pedal hard sometimes, you're going to be late.

Sometimes, you won't be able to keep your destination in sight, but you have to keep going.

Having a friend along for the ride makes the trip more fun.

Even when you're alone, the journey may be beautiful.

There will be times when you think you just can't go any further. Yes, you might even have to walk your bike for a bit, but you will get there eventually if you just keep moving forward.

You'll see many others pedaling faster than you; that's okay.

You'll enjoy the ride more if you stop to smell the roses now and then.

As for riding a bike, life requires balance.

And the best part about biking, unlike life: going downhill can be exhilarating. [no pictures of that, of course!]

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