Life Lessons: Balance on a Mountain Bike and in Life

Life Lessons: Balance on a Mountain Bike and in Life

Admittedly, we’ve had a lot of rain over the last few days here in the Kansas City area. And, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d be able to get in a ride at all this weekend. So, when I checked the trail status and it said WYCO was a go, I loaded up the bike and gear and headed out.

My goal was simple. Just make it out alive. LOL! Seriously though, I just wanted to have some fun and unwind for a few.

During the time I was riding, I was thinking about something that was said to me, I think, last week. And the topic was…

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He was talking about the need of having balance in life. And, as always, this got me thinking.

Riding a bike takes a great deal of balance. Something I have yet to master!

Okay… side note before I forget. I had already passed the halfway point of the ride, so I packed up some of my gear, downed a bit of strawberry lemonade, and was in the process of making my way back to where I had started. The trail was a bit slick from a bit of rain the night previous. The rocks and tree roots? Well, let’s just say they get greasy when your tires are wet. Okay, so I was trying to climb a little hill and my rear tire got hung up on a rock and all forward momentum had ceased to exist. At this point, everything started to move in slow motion. Heck, I couldn’t even get my feet off the pedals to catch myself. The next thing I know, as I’m making my way to the ground all the while, literally, laughing out loud, all I could think was how I had WISHED the camera was on so I could show my epic fail to everyone. All I could do was laugh! 

Now, where were we?

Riding a bike takes a great deal of balance. And, obviously, I still have yet to master it.

Life, also, needs balance. You need to be balanced in your work, your play, your family life, and even spiritually. You need to have balance in all of these areas in your life.

Will there be balance 100% of the time in 100% of these areas and more? No, not at all. It takes effort.

Sure, it’s easy to give up when things get hard. Trust me, on a bike, it’s easy to stop, get off, and walk around an obstacle. But, in life, that’s not how any of this works.

You’re gonna have bad days. And, you’ll certainly have good days. But, if you want to try and minimize the bad days, as well as some of the days in between… you’re gonna need some balance.

Make the effort to find some level of balance in your life right now. It won’t take much to get started. What are you waiting for? Go find some balance!

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