“Life is like a ten speed bicycle, most of us have gears we never use”- Charles M Schulz
This week I’d just like to share some lessons of life from cycling. And to all you my friends who know to ride a bike, congrats from me, coz the truth is I still don’t know cycling! 😉
I think I was in the 3rd grade when I got a cycle of my own choice, it was a purple one. I was so excited to learn how to ride and thus began my first riding lessons with my sister and father. I got on excitedly and went a little distance and fell. I scraped my knee and cried in pain. After that I never got on the bike again coz I didn’t want to fall down again. I never fell down again but I never learnt cycling either!
The same thing applies to all of our lives. We are all naturals when it comes to playing it safe, honestly, does that even require any effort on our part? Isn’t it true that anything of lasting value that has ever been achieved was at first thought of as foolish and out of this world? I mean, who has all the answers and who is perfect all the time? Many of us may think we have it all figured out, but can’t just one blow of life make us rethink it all? Don’t we graduate after the examination? And even after the result comes, isn’t the learning more important? Each one of us were toddlers once upon a time who learned to walk because we were never afraid to get up each time we fell, nor did the fear of appearing foolish ever keep us from trying again. But today we fear the ridicule of people, being unpopular, not belonging, and so we either bury within ourselves the desire to learn/reach out to others/do many things we really would like to. I mean don’t we all do that which we believe is the best for us and the people in our lives? A lesson I learnt recently and still am learning is that we need not always explain ourselves, our friends don’t need it and our enemies will not believe it anyway!
Maturity is a lengthy process and takes time. Also,though we may be mature in one area of life, we may not in another area simply because we haven’t been put in a situation to learn that lesson yet! Let us therefore not be afraid to put ourselves out there as long as we come back learning something. As the saying goes, “its okay to fall if you pick up something everytime you get up.” Often the people who criticize us are the ones who have already made and learnt from the very mistakes we are making in the present. So I think we need to be kinder to ourselves and allow ourselves to make more mistakes and learn irrespective of what others may think or say.
Many times the good we intend to do/say may be twisted or even taken the wrong way but as Dr Seuss says “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” All of us have our own personal quirks and the only difference is that some of us are open about it and some are not. A picture perfect life is an illusion. All of us are humans, with failures and successes. Let us free ourselves to learn from our failures and celebrate our successes. All of us by nature may not be risk- takers and we need so badly non dreamers too in order to bring the dreamers among us back to earth from time to time!;) Personally, I’d like to carry that childlike (not childish) wonder and simplicity to my grave but I also would like to die a wise person and that I believe comes with learning every day.
I’ve always admired writers who are compassionate & honestly inspiring and the truth is that often during some of the lowest points in my life (and all of us have them) I’ve survived by reading some such writings and learnt so much from their lives. I aspire to be such a kind of writer; to share lessons life has taught me in the hope that it may help someone out there someday. We never know in which way what we say/do is going to help someone so I’d say just go ahead and say your piece and don’t you dear friend ever make my mistake of never learning how to cycle just coz I was afraid of falling! 😉
Nugget of Life: Everyone is a genius but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid!
Have a fun filled week!
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