Riding a Bike

November 5, 2015


Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget. I’ve heard this countless times but never considered if it was true. Well, not until I was in Santa Barbara in a beautiful 80 degree climate (a far cry from the 50 degrees in Chicago). We decided to take a bike ride along the ocean. It wasn’t until I got on the bike that I realized I have not rode a bike in about 20 years. How that happened, I have no idea.

At first I was shaky. Because the bike didn’t have handlebar brakes, I had to get reacquainted with the backpedal stop. It was a slow and deliberate start. But once I got rolling, I was rolling. I felt like a teenager again – footloose, fancy free and fearless.

Two takeaways:

  1. Sometimes the most simple and basic experiences are the most relevant as we grow. Bigger titles, more money, greater responsibility, expanded priorities. But our core values and true self are always right there. We just need to stay tuned in to them so we never forget.

  2. Don’t let so much time pass without doing the things we love.

Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget. This I now know to be true. Look Ma, no hands!

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