I don’t know if I’ve already told you this, but I’m rubbish lately on a bike. I used to be awesome at it, then about 20 years passed and I wasn’t so great at it. I remember spending a day cycling around Mandurah with my beloved friend “G” and mostly face-planting and stacking it – because I struggled to balance on his Mom’s bike.
When we checked out our bikes at Rottnest, I was a little worried.
Am I going to fall off again?
I spent the first 10 minutes really struggling.
What I was doing – was looking down at my handlebars, and trying to “straighten” my bike. I wanted them to be exactly straight/even (the handlebars) and I wanted the handlebars to line up perfectly with the scenery around me. I don’t know why.
The idea of perfection became very sticky in my mind and I couldn’t let it go.
Because I couldn’t let it go, my bike was swerving all over the place and was basically controlling me and not the other way around.
Something G said to me last time we were together on bikes suddenly resounded in my head.
“Look at where you want to be – not at where you are now”
So I lifted my head (it was a struggle, let me tell you!) and shifted my gaze from the handlebars.
I focused on the road ahead and let go of trying to control what was directly in front.
And I was free!!!
I was riding around confidently and you know what? I LOVED it!
I loved the wind in my hair and passing across my face. I loved the feeling of peddling and I loved most of all that I could take in the beautiful Rotto scenery because now I was looking UP and AROUND rather than down.
Here are some of the views I would have missed if I didn’t look up:
I feel like there’s a life lesson here, you know 🙂
I need to look up and around instead of down.
I need to stop trying to control the ‘here and now’ and focus on where I want to go.
I feel if I lift my head, things will look better and I’ll certainly feel better.
The view of my life will be better once I lift my head up xx