Another weekend on the bikes….
We were due for rain Saturday but it never showed up so we headed out to see if we could catch some of the fall colours before they fade. However, autumn doesn’t seem to have taken a firm grip here and the scenes were not yet ripe. This is not to say it was a wasted outing. If I’ve learned anything in the past year, it’s been that sometimes, even though I’ve laid these very great plans, Life has other ideas and I don’t end up doing what I intended to do when I set out. I’ve also learned there’s not much you can do in that case except go with it. So that’s what I did on Saturday. I did manage to get some of the fall colours I wanted, but the impending storm-that-never-happened actually drew us over to the beach side of the park to witness the awe-inspiring waves crashing about and the full cover of clouds above. It was at once, forbidding and inviting.
As I was snapping away with my camera and then riding along again, I couldn’t help but notice my son, obliviously riding ahead on his own bike and really missing a lot of the scenes that were stopping me dead in my tracks. I thought to myself that this is the difference between the young and their elders….the young just go full steam ahead asking, “Are we there yet?” always anxious to move on to the next horizon whereas we adults have already put in our time running from one thing to the next and now have learned to step back and enjoy the ride more.
Perhaps, after this past year and all the changes we’re still going through over here, things are resonating with me in a different way in my head this autumn. Perhaps, I’m just getting older. But for whatever reason, I’ve been unusually pensive. In any case, as a parent, I always feel the need to keep teaching and trying to expand my son’s outlook. Yet, with him riding 50 yards ahead of me on a bike at a speed I couldn’t hope to match, there really wasn’t much opportunity for conversation. Nonetheless, it was still going on in my head…What I heard nature saying that I felt I’d tell him if only he’d slow down a bit…..
LIFE LESSONS FROM THE SEAT OF MY BIKE
Sometimes along the way through life things will be PICTURE PERFECT
And yet….in the background CHANGE is happening every moment.
Sometimes things are going to FALL apart
And often the way to go will not be CLEAR.Some paths will seem very EASYAt times the road will be ROUGH and seem UNENDING,
And almost always, there will be OBSTACLES you didn’t count on.
Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re swimming UPSTREAM. You’re going to get WORN OUT And you’ll even feel like GIVING UP But you must KEEP ON SWIMMING!
Slow down and NOTICE the journey…..sometimes it’s the most beautiful part. PAY ATTENTION so you don’t miss the hidden treasures,LOOK for the un-mined gold along the way…it’s all yours.
There are always going to be moments you just have to HANG ON and HOPE,
When you just have to CLING……
…to the CONSTANTS…
…and maybe even strike off in a completely NEW DIRECTION.
This means realizing there is MORE THAN ONE WAY to get what you need,Remembering that MANY parts make up the whole,
That every scenario has many LAYERS, And sometimes just STEPPING BACK a bit gives the best view of what’s ahead.
Know that there are REWARDS at the top of every climb.
Sometimes they are small and
Sometimes they are large,
But they are always there.
There will be times when you feel the need for a little SOLITUDE to recharge yourself.
PEACE is as easy as this, if you take the time to look.
Don’t be scared to be DIFFERENT – Celebrate it. Different is the new cool.
Hold on for the people who accept you warts and all but still rejoice in the MAGNIFICENCE of you.
Know your own STRENGTHS,
Never underestimate your own POWER,
And always nurture your CURIOSITY.
Of course, none of this was shared on our outing. Maybe another day my legs will forget they’re on the other side of 40, get a burst of energy, and I’ll manage to catch up with him or maybe he’ll slow down for a bit at some point. Perhaps then, I can point out a few “conversations” along the road we’re sharing at that moment. Just a few will be enough, I think. After all, that’s what parents do…..encourage new paths for them to discover on their own, right?
But for now, this is my road and I’m happy to just keep listening.