Your BIKE transports you, your BIKE stabilizes you, and your BIKE relieves you. You understand your bike as a single unit with unlimited potential. However, as you know, your bike is made up of many parts. There is the chain, brakes, handlebars, shifter, clips, cables, and many other mechanisms that help the bike function. Some bikes have more parts than others, and some parts may not be crucial, but every bike can be broken down into pieces. Without the collaboration of parts, a bike can become a jumble of useless metal.
What amazes me most about my bike is the way each part works in unison with one another. The chainring and cog are spun by the chain, which is driven by the crank, which is powered through the pedals, which are forced around by your feet. It truly is art. When one of these parts breaks, the bike may stop riding. If not, it will become more difficult. Moreover, the parts are on your bike may be functioning, but not in unison. It’s possible that your shifter is moving the chain between chain rings, but a slight bend in the cog is causing the chain to slip. In order to tap into the full potential of the bike, all the parts must be working together. Each part plays a role in the overall experience of riding a bike. OUR BODIES AND MINDS are the same way.
Our bodies are made up of several parts, each one playing a different role in our life function. When everything is working together, we are healthy, happy, and operating at full capacity. But what happens if something is off, what if there is a bent cog. That is when we experience discomfort, pain, anger, or any other interruption in life
There are the obvious times when we get the flu and our stomachs don’t work right or we break an arm and that doesn’t work right. But there are other times when our minds don’t work right, as if they are competing with our bodies. What if you are healthy, have beautiful children, and a good job, but you feel sad? What if you feel anxious, but your safe at home? What if you are experiencing the tortures of panic, but are surrounded by close friends? These experiences can be difficult to identify because they are not as clear as a broken bone. They are interruptions experienced internally. They are difficult for others to comprehend. They are like a piece of glass stuck in your tire. You know it’s there and it keeps deflating you, but not everyone can see this.
The good news……….. Although these invisible struggles may be hard for others to see, they can be treated. Why can’t anxiety be approached the same way as a cold? Why can’t significant depression be treated the same way as a broken bone? THEY CAN. This is because there are known treatments and there are bright results. With treatment and hard work, our invisible problems can be processed and improved. This is not to say that depression is the same as a cold. I am simply explaining that, like a cold, there can be relief from depression and anxiety. Just as an old bicycle can be repaired after years of wear and tear, we too can “repair” ourselves.
My intention in this piece is to bring hope to anyone struggling with a mental illness. I do not intend to undermine or belittle any ones individual struggle. I understand that each person has a different perspective and feeling about their situation, which I respect. In the case that you disagree with what I have written above, I would love to hear from you. If you agree….. I would still love to hear from you.
So go ahead, get those parts in unison, and ride.
HEALTHY BIKE HEALTHY BRAIN!