Bike Ride (& Life)

So, I set out on this bike ride recently, & it was really windy. I had my heart set on a long ride to a particular destination – but I knew if I biked that long way east, I’d wind up fighting the strong wind my whole way back.

Well, I really wanted that long ride, so away I went. Had the longest bike ride I’d had in years.

Headed back & oh dear, it was a bit of a brute. I thought “Well, I guess it probably makes sense to stay on Lakeshore Road; it will be more direct & straighter than the Waterfront Trail.”

But oh…the traffic lights…the reflected heat off the pavement, & most especially, the stress of watching for cars. The cars, cars, cars, cars.

I thought, “Frig it. I’m going back down to the trail, & the lake, & more direct/faster route be damned.”

So I did.

& back down on the trail, on & near the lake, it was heavenly. Trees, shade, beauty – I barely even noticed the wind!

It could have gone badly, of course. I could have wound up regretting my choice.

But you know?

If I have to tackle a challenging “assignment” – bike ride, Life – I’d sure rather do it the slower, prettier, more fun & more pleasant way. Life’s too darn short to do it the hard, slogging way.

That’s what I think, anyway.


‘Quote of the day’ w. this post: “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Victor Frankl