“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
― Hugh Laurie
I think I took this golden advice quite serious on 6-September-2015, when I bought my first bicycle. I woke up to an unyielding urge to pick up a cycle. A sea of questions swam in my head. Am I fit enough to ride one? Will I ride regularly? Do I know which one is good? I dismissed the questions, and headed to a store to acquire one.
As though he understood my burning desire, the storekeeper ran beside me, explaining the features of every fancy model, when I toured the store. I took six minutes to buy my cycle. And, on the very same day, I rode to work.
After I reached office, I realised that the sea of questions had evaporated. I was delighted. I never knew that purchasing a bicycle would give me a sense of accomplishment. Since then, I don’t miss a chance to cycle. If I have to use any other means to commute, I sulk like a kid, who reluctantly packs up his toys before going to bed. 😉
For I was not a fan of physical activities, falling in love with cycling was the biggest surprise. And, life is a collection of such revelations, and tiny, warm moments no?
A week ago, a friend suggested that we go on a long ride. She rode my cycle, and suggested that I upgrade mine. I knew it would cost a fortune. But, my newly-found love for cycling wouldn’t let me sleep peacefully. So, I bought a better one a couple of days ago. (In truth, a nice one. *clears throat and adjusts collar*) 😉
The very next morning, I went on my longest ride. 21 miles. I was insanely delighted. Because, the ride was comfortable, and I saw sunrise after ages. 🙂 That moment would be etched in my memory forever. Many vehicles whizzed past, but the drivers ignored my presence. So did I. I was perspiring, but not panting. The wind was chilly. The unattainable horizon was gray, but still bright. That moment only the sun, sea, and sky seemed permanent, while everything else seemed ephemeral. I wished I watched dawn break everyday.
I bask in a myriad of simple pleasures, when I ride. Fellow-cyclists’ nod and thumb-up. The funny, yet innocent looks of lazy cattle that cross roads. Enthusiastic dogs on their morning walks. Sleepy strays that curl up after a long night. The surprised countenances of humans, when they see this enormous woman on a bicycle. 😉 I love all of them.
I do not know if I would continue to appreciate my new love forever. But, for now, I am content. And, that matters a lot.
Who knew that two wheels, and a dash of enthusiasm can change the way one looks at life!
Also, looks like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had already written about the awesomeness of cycling. 🙂
“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.”