Okay, I was sold a bill of goods. I was told that there was a wide rolly trail from Sunriver, OR to Bend. I saw it as a great opportunity to rent a bike, spend time in a gorgeous outdoor setting with my husband and exercise my wide rolly body.
All of the above was true. We took a fabulous ride. I got to spend time with my favorite person and it was great exercise but it was a much more difficult and technical trail than I had anticipated. I admit that there was a short period of time where I was a bit miffed at my darling husband but now, after the fact and after a good glass of red wine, did it matter?
When we started off on our ride this morning, my beloved husband gave me a quick lesson. When you get into the difficult rocky terrain;
1. plan your line of travel,
2. look forward, and
3. keep pedaling.
I don’t mountain bike often and as one who likes to be in control, I found letting loose on the downhill much more difficult than pedaling uphill. But I did keep contemplating J2′s words as I traveled. Is this advice limited to mountain biking or can we draw a broader interpretation?
Similarly to what I do when I take walks, I kept thinking this post through as I rode. Find my line of sight. Look forward and keep pedaling. While perfectly appropriate on the mountain bike trail, I think this helpful hint translates to other venues in life. Whether we’ve just received the news that we or a loved one is facing a serious illness, when we know there’s a tough economic circumstance in our path or when a change at work is going to create a particularly rough patch; doesn’t it make sense to determine our path, look forward to the future and keep pedaling?
I’m a planner so maybe thoughts like this resonate with me more than others. Following advice like this doesn’t eliminate our opportunity to tweak or change our path in the future, it simply applies confidence to our decision. In fact, if you checked out the photo above, you probably surmise that I had to alter my course. I’d love to tell you that I got the injury through a tough patch where lava chards were targeting my knees, ankles and crotch but the fact is, I fell on a bed of slippery pine needles on really flat terrain. Still, I learned and became more cautious in that scenario.
We face a lot of uncertainty today. Will we raise the debt limit? What happens if we do? Should we bring troops home? Is that a risk? Where should we be investing our income? Where should our kids go to school? Will our current city provide the constructive politics and scenario that we believe is possible for future growth? There aren’t specific answers to any of these questions. Rather, we have to pick a line of sight, raise our heads and look to the future, and then pedal like crazy.
Are you with me?