The image hasn’t left my mind, and each time I reflect on it, I am filled with warm memories. The closest image I can share is the one above, which does not do it much justice. The picture comes from a recent trip to Brigantine Beach, NJ (I rode there from NYC, which will be shared in greater detail later).
I had woken up one morning at 5 am in order to experience the sun rise at the beach. In order to get there, I had to ride my bike about a mile. Not a daunting task, but one that has continued to resonate with me. As I wrote in my last post, I frequently experience enlightening moments at the most random times. As I was riding to the beach, I had a feeling of complete freedom. This was directly correlated with cycling and the experience that comes with it. I realized, in that moment, that I could have started to ride towards California and the bike would have been a completely feasible mode of transportation. I felt a sense of relief. As if I wasn’t trapped in a stale routine any longer.
This was not a moment of rebellion where I was going to pack up and leave everything behind. Certainly not, this was a moment of freedom and relief. A gulp of fresh air if you will. It was a reminder that I was free to move as I wished. I did not need a car, or a plane, but a bike would do just fine. Again, this was a moment of added confidence. This is additional evidence that cycling can certainly build upon self-esteem. Even more, it is an amazingly effective mode of transport for even the longest of distances. I am constantly warmed by this thought.
Healthy Bike/Healthy Brain