I don’t know what your childhood was like, but as I reflect on mine I do remember a lot of great things about it.
One particular thing that I loved was riding a bicycle.
It was usually a thrill for me! I remember this one bike that I had, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. I received it for Christmas from my dad. It was a bmx bike that glowed in the dark and had this fixture in the front that had tiny lights that lit up. It was very cool! I remember going down hills with it at what seemed to be at great speeds, trying to keep it in control and then spin left or right on to a street to avoid the fences in front of me.
After my family had moved to Florida, I remember using a different bike to get around town before I started to drive. This bike had shocks and was a pretty awesome mountain bike all around. I loved cruising on it as I was jamming to loud music in my ears, listening to my portable CD player (remember those?!). It was a form of “getting away” from the world around me. I found peace during my time of riding my bike and listening to music. I didn’t know it but it was therapy for my mind.
One day, I left that bike behind a shopping mall that I was visiting. I was in one particular store for a few hours, came back and found that my beloved bike was gone! I mean, of course it would be! That is because I did not have a chain around it to keep it locked.
That was a discouraging day to some degree and for some reason, I did not make it in my mind to buy another one right away.
For 15 years I did not ride a bike. That is, until this past week. A friend of mind gave me an old bike that I can have. The tube in one tire needed to be replaced. I procrastinated to work on that for a while, but I finally did and I am so glad. The first night that I took it for a spin made me feel like I was 17 again, feeling the wind in my face without a care for the world. That therapy started to come back to me. The music wasn’t there but the familiar feeling of freedom was.On top of that, I have been getting much needed exercise out of riding my bike. It helps to get that kind of satisfaction.
Since then, I have been pretty much riding my bike on a daily basis, re-enjoying this great invention.
I think that as adults, it is essential for us to cling to the good things we do. That might be the joy of bike riding, writing a blog, reading a book, drinking tea, playing a sport or going fishing. When you do something that is honorable and thoroughly enjoyable, you are doing something that is enriching your soul.
Taking time to give yourself some therapy is a form of loving yourself. Everyone needs to do it. I know I am, and nowadays, I am on my bike when I do.