Biking is not just exercise...
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
... I had forgotten that. When I was younger, biking was an escape for me, a way to get some time on my own, time to explore and have some peace and quiet, an easy way to visit my dad after my parents divorced. Riding my bike was freedom, something I craved from an early age.
Yesterday I took off on a trek and ended up riding 6 miles. Who knew I could bike for 6 miles?! I pedaled up big hills, coasted down big hills, smelled spring and all the flowers and trees in bloom. The air was cool and felt so great on my face. I felt so happy and free.
I'm learning, perhaps later than some, earlier than others, that happiness is not something that comes from outside of you, it's not something that others bring to you, and it sure as hell isn't something you purchase. Happiness comes from within you. It's there in all of us if we are quiet and listen for it. If we are open to it, present in the moment, happiness is there and has been there all along, just waiting for us to stop and listen.