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Biking update: Never too late, never too old!

Monday, July 01, 2013

I could have convinced myself that I can’t do it. And, believe me, my old self would have done exactly that. Quit without even trying. Scared of humiliation. Frightened of the possible failure. Held back by dozens of possible “what if’s” created in huge dimensions inside my mind.

But above everything else in my life, I’m a mom. And I couldn’t refuse my kids’ desire to go biking together. They were my motivation. Together with my good sparkfriends who cheered me on and urged me to try it.

And the journey began…

I made my first attempts on the previous weekend. I waited until late in the evening and when darkness fell and I could... fall as much as I wanted without anyone watching me, I got on my daughter’s bike.

I was looking for my lost balance in the dark…
At first, I couldn’t even complete one full circle of the pedals. I would lose my balance and get frustrated. Disappointment would set in… there’s a right age for everything…
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Nonsense! The time is right when we make it right! I’ll try again.

The next day things got better. I managed to actually pedal for a few meters. And then a couple of more! And then I made a turn. And soon…
…I could actually ride a bike!!

During all these attempts my husband was always there for me. Advising me, encouraging me, believing in me. And when I finally succeeded, he thought it was time to reward me.

A gift. My own bike. The one I never had as a kid…
For me, this is and always will be the most beautiful bike in the world.

So, time to try it. And actually make my girl’s wish come true.

On Sunday afternoon we set off for the nearest park, all on our bikes.

Oops! No darkness to conceal my beginner’s clumsiness…
I was shaky. I wouldn’t go fast. I would stop when other bikers came near me. I was left behind. I was surrounded by experienced cyclists and people who had been on a bike all their lives!
I didn’t care.
I rode my bike for 90 minutes, enjoying every single one of them.
My girls were the best cheerleaders.
“Mom, you didn’t fall! Not even once!” (Thank God for that!)
“Mom, are you sure you just learned? You look like a pro!” (Yeah, sure! I’m only shaking out of enthusiasm!!)

The weather couldn’t be better for all this. Cloudy with a gentle wind and a magnificent sky above us.

My girls had their own reward for mom’s success. They gave me one of their fake tattoos. A meaningful one.

Spread your wings and fly, mom!

Bottom line: It’s never too late to try something new in life.

We’re never too old to chase any dream. We can see thousands of obstacles in front of us, we can find tons of excuses not to go ahead but the truth is usually only one:

Our mind can be the greater obstacle as well as our greater ally in anything that we want to achieve. What we are today is a result of our own actions, of the things we dared to try, of the changes we chose to work on. If we haven’t tried anything, we haven’t lost anything but we haven’t achieved anything either.

Choose one thing today that you have always wanted to try and give it a shot. It’s not late. Only your heart will tell you when it’s late. It will just stop beating.

Until then, just dream. Without limits.

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  • _JODI404
    (I'm just a bit behind on blog reading/comments).

    I *L*O*V*E* this blog!!!!

    emoticon on having the courage to face and overcome your fears and learn to ride the bike! Your new bike is beautiful!!

    I love the Henry Ford quote (SO TRUE!) and all of your pictures/graphics here. Just perfect!

    Your girls are amazing cheerleaders! I love their tattoo for you!

    What a wonderful family activity! I hope you are enjoying your new bike, and many wonderful rides together this summer. It really is fun fitness!

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    1711 days ago
    Congratulations on your ride, You can do anything. I hope you have a lifetime of happy rides in the future.
    1717 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    I'm so sorry I missed this before Elle! At least I knew what was going on, LOL!
    I'm so proud and so happy for you!!
    1717 days ago
    What a wonderful blog! Very inspiring!!
    1717 days ago
    I'm so happy for you, Elle! What a great feeling to be able to share something so fun and active with your girls.
    1717 days ago
    Ohhhhhh Elle, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you. I loved this blog, I think it was my favorite from you ever. It was so full of enthusiasm and pride. You really have transformed yourself and you have every right to be proud. And your daughters and husband can be proud too!
    Go Elle go!!!
    1717 days ago
    What a fantastic and heart-touching story! Your kids sound like such amazing people, which usually reflects their mom and dad. Good on ya for challenging yourself and overcoming fear and doubt. You're amazing! :-D
    1720 days ago
    Great blog and yes, cycling will give you wings (I promise). Beautiful bike and what a great reward! I started cycling about 5 years ago but only got serious about it in the past two years (and by serious about it I mean I feel a bit depressed if I can't cycle). Congratulations on overcoming something you thought you couldn't do - my blog prior to my accident blog was on that exact same thing - what would you attempt if you knew you could not fail. Our minds play tricks on us - there is SOO much our bodies are capable of!
    1722 days ago
    BEAUTIFUL blog! I'm so proud of you!!
    You always motivate me... : )
    1723 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Great theme.
    1724 days ago
    What an awesome blog!! Congratulations on your accomplishing riding a bike.
    You did it !! So proud of you. Love your never give up spirits. Once we set our mind, yes, we can do anything !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1724 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog!!! congratulations on mastering the skill of riding a Bike. That is a Beautiful Bike Your Husband Presented You With. Enjoy It to the Fullest. You have some Great Children too. WTG!!! I Love the Quotes too. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1724 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2013 5:33:20 PM
    This may be the best Spark blog ever!! I cannot even put into words how cool this is. And the lesson you taught your daughters! We can tell them many things, but children learn most be what we do. Look what you are *doing* Elle. I am so happy for you!
    1724 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Beautiful blog! emoticon emoticon
    1724 days ago
    What a fabulous blog: so touching! Your bike is beautiful. Your husband is beautiful. Your girls are beautiful. And you're beautiful to try and keep trying and move past the fear and learn something new and set such a super example and . . . all of that!!
    1724 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That is so inspiring that you learned a new skill. I am going to try yoga classes this summer.

    What a healthy fun way to enjoy your family!

    1724 days ago
    What a wonderful blog emoticon and congrats on mastering that great bike of yours !
    1724 days ago
    Very very uplifting blog! While I was reading it I laughed and I cried out of happiness and joy for you! Keep letting out your awesomeness and throw caution to the wind! (responsibly of course) emoticon

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    Me :)

    Love the Tatt! That was totally cool and very appropriate! emoticon
    1724 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2013 12:02:01 PM
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    1725 days ago
    I loved reading this blog! What a beautiful bike indeed!
    So happy for you!
    1725 days ago
    It is thrilling to ride a bike.. I got back on after 40+ years last summer and after the shakiness you describe went away and my anxiety lessened, I really started to enjoy it. Good on ya for learning something new.. your family must be soooo proud of you!
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