Monday, July 08, 2013
I chose to ride my bike for a bit again this evening. It really hadn't cooled down when I chose to begin, but I figured that with my moving that the heat wouldn't be too bad, and I wasn't going to be out long enough to get overheated.
Of course, there was the calorie burn that was a good thing. There was just the joy of being able to move, and thinking about the time that I could not have ridden the bike and how far I have come in the past three years, and also thinking about DH's efforts at getting the bike ready for me to ride and how it pleases him to see me enjoying it so much.
There were more benefits this evening as well. I saw neighbors out walking and a little guy on a bike also. I saw families visiting on front porches, hopefully enjoying the evening as much as I was. I saw a lady that I used to attend church with, and that caused me to think about how gracious so many in that church were.
I live in a neighborhood that is perhaps 40 years old or more, so there are large shady trees as I ride and that is nice. I have also known for some time that there is a very good possiblity that my dad would have worked on some of these houses when they were built. He did drywall work, and worked with a childhood friend that owned the business here in the small town where I ended up. I like to think that perhaps he did the work on our house. Dad isn't around for me to ask now; this Saturday marks the 5th year since his passing.
I've had a bit of stress lately - who doesn't occasionally, right? - and I am sure I have a tendency to more melancholy right now because of the "anniversary" of Dad's passing, so my evening bike ride was just the ticket to relax and think of so many nice things.