When I was a kid, I distinctly remember three times flipping my bike in the trail behind our house over a boulder. Being a kid is awesome, because each of the three times I went over the handlebars, I brushed myself off, checked my helmet for cracks, and got back on the bike. I'm reasonably sure if that happened today, I would just lie down and wait for death.
It's no secret that I love riding my bike. A few weeks ago though, after feverishly saving my money, I purchased a new mountain bike. I'm madly in love with it! It's a 2014 Raleigh Tokul 1, with the lovely 27.5 inch wheels so many people are pumped about. I'm a huge fan of this bike.
The first day I bought it, I took it to South Park to play in some of the trails, forgetting that it had rained about 20 inches the days before. My brand new bike was covered with mud and dirt about 30 minutes into it's life. Welcome to the world friend.
The next day, a friend and I went to the Wheelmill, which is featured in the video above. I'm so glad I have friends who push me to new levels, because I think if I had watched the video of the flow room my inner wuss would have taken over and told me to quit while I was ahead. But I did try it, and while I've still got some learning to do (a 7 year old girl on a Disney Princess bike complete with clicky-clacks in the wheels was able to do the flow room better than I was...) it was an incredible blast to be on the bike.
I had forgotten how much I love riding a mountain bike. I've been trying to get out to a trail at least 2-3 times a week, just to sit in nature. It's remarkable! For as busy as I am, for as many projects as I'm working on all at once, I try my best to carve out a little bit of time to enjoy God's creation on two wheels.
I hope you have something like that in your life. I hope you have an activity that helps to clear the cobwebs and provide perspective. Or maybe even better, if you have a lost love, something that's been long forgotten, maybe now is the time to rediscover it!