Can you remember that first time you were actually pedaling, steering, and balancing a bicycle all by yourself?
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein has had so many wonderful and uplifting quotes attributed to him. Not only was the man a genius, but he was also very wise.
Life is like riding a bicycle. If you are riding a bicycle and you stop moving, there’s a good chance that your balance will go all cattywampus and you will fall down. Boom and Ouch.
When it comes to bicycling and balancing, your options are somewhat limited: keep moving, stop moving and fall on the ground, or get off the bicycle completely and start walking. And when it comes to life, we intuit and believe and know that out life options are not somewhat limited. In fact, some of us believe that our options are infinite. But are they? I’m just wondering aloud here . . . what do you think? I think that Einstein’s brilliance might be the answer here: Our options stay alive when we stay in balance our Higher Self with the pavement beneath us.
I like the spirit of Einstein’s quote and how he has reduced this simile to its simplest terms: ride or fall. Keep going or get stuck. And I do believe that some life changes have necessitated the need to trade in an old ride for a new one.
There are times in my life that I look back on and now can see that parking the bicycle was the best thing I could have done. After living in a state of stagnancy, falling to the ground numerous times, and feeling the Ouch Factor, I finally came to my senses and parked the bicycle and walked away. Heck, I didn’t even bother locking it up to a bike stand or a nearby tree because I knew that I was never going to give that bicycle another go. Let someone else have it! Some events in life are Good Riddance worthy. At times like this, it is always good to select a new (and healthy!) set of wheels and ride like the wind off into a new paradigm.
Life, like a bicycle, is the vehicle we are riding. Our infinite options in life are actually the directions in which we point our front tire. The secret is to keep riding toward what we know are true directions to our Higher Self. I have felt my spirit’s unsettling, intuitive nudge when I know that I have been pedaling in the wrong direction, and I have certainly experienced that feeling of What the heck have I done? right before crashing and falling. Again. My takeaway? Patch up any scrapes and get back on the bicycle and find a balance point and keep moving forward.
Can you remember that first time you were actually pedaling a bicycle all by yourself? It felt so liberating and exhilarating. There was that split second when you felt your big brother’s hand leave the back of your bike seat and you felt your sense of balance kick into gear. I so vividly remember this. I went shooting down the driveway (and thank God that no car was coming up the street!), banked to the left and rode down the street to the cornfield that bordered the cemetery. (Yes, I grew up in a very weird Midwest town!)
It was that split-second feeling that has stuck with me. The second when I knew that I was balancing all on my own. No sibling to steer for me or to keep us upright on two wheels when I was bumming a tandem ride on a back fender. Just me, my hand-me-down sky-blue Schwinn, and the open road. I rode all afternoon in the relative safety of the cemetery — the roads there being so peaceful. I found My Balance while I practiced right turns and left turns. Stopping and getting started again. I arrived home feeling triumphant. Liberated, actually. I had discovered my independence. My Movement.
Yup. Einstein had it right. Movement and Balance are key. And let’s not forget Risk with a capital R. It takes a lot of guts some days to take a deep breath and sail down the driveway, not knowing if you are going to keep riding or if you are going to crash to the pavement. I believe that we all crave that feeling of Triumphant Balance in our days. That feeling deep inside that tells us we are doing life justice with the right amount of movement and balance.
Today? I am going to get back up on my Bicycle and ride like the wind. There is no cemetery down the road from where I now live, but I am going to head there in my mind. Back to that ultra-satisfying feeling of Balance and Movement.