“Simplicity is not about deprivation. Simplicity is about a greater appreciation for things that really matter.”
How often do we hear someone say, “I’m too busy … I don’t have time.”
2020 will go down for some as the year that they “checked up” and identified the things in life that are genuinely important. Consider all the things that you’ve purged from your day to day routine during the COVID Pandemic. Think of all the things that were considered high priorities, yet you have survived without them.
Granted some things are missed. I think of my nieces and nephews that are 2020 graduates this year. Graduation is a celebration and the celebration of their accomplishments will be minimized this year. I think of my new grand daughter and the enthusiasm a family has when welcoming a new addition to the family. She will be heavily sheltered in place until the pandemic passes. None of the family has yet to meet her face to face a couple of weeks after her birth. Graduations are important. The birth of a child is important. The passing of a loved one is important. However, many of us have elevated things in our lives to be so much more significant than they deserve.
A friend of mine mentioned to me the other day, “I have never seen so many people on bikes in our community until now.”
Speak with one of the local bike shops and they’ll tell you, they are covered up with both servicing bikes and the selling of bikes. Locals are getting that flat tire fixed. They’re digging that bike out of the garage. Shelter in place has hidden benefits. Families are choosing to ride their bikes vs getting in a automobile for everything. Neighbors are visiting with neighbors on the sidewalk. Our lives have slowed down and become simple for a moment. Perhaps that’s a good thing.
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896
Could it be that simple? Could the simple act of riding a bicycle be exactly the remedy that many of us need right now? Days were blurs for many of us before the pandemic. The rapid pace with which many of us move from one thing to another does not allow for us to see and better yet appreciate what we have. Riding a bike has many health and wellness benefits. However, the biggest benefit may be the choice one makes to ride down the street with no expectation or rush to be anywhere. The benefit may be going slow enough to discover new things that were blurs in the past.
So the question is, will your daily routine change once the coast is clear? Will you roll back to blurry days?
Will you resort back to your old routine and carry on with blurred days, or will you consider simplicity an option? If you are a parent, will you encourage your children to get up, get out and ride that bike? Riding a bike is as much about the wind in ones face as it is about discovery. Discoveries can’t be bought or delivered. Discoveries take time. Coweta has many places for discovery on a bike. Many of us have fond memories of riding a bike as a child. Why not roll back time and ride again? Why not pass on the gift of riding a bike to a child?
Consider riding in your neighborhood, or in one of our towns. Our area also has a number of bike paths and trails available.
The simple act of riding a bike could very well make you leave your worries behind at least for a couple of hours.
Bike Coweta Board Member