A dozen of us were sitting on the deck at GioBean, enjoying sun, coffee, and conversation, when two bicyclists pedaled by. In front was Tyler, pint-sized speed demon who had just mastered a two wheeler - in one day. Bringing up the rear, and ringing the warning bell for pedestrians, was his proud grandmother, Donna.
Just a few days before, Robin and I had arrived at the Unitarian Fellowship hall for Bike and Walk to Worship Sunday. As we rounded the corner, another pint-sized cyclist arrived. Victoria and her mum, Carrie, had cycled all the way from their home to what Carrie calls “the unchurch”.
Like so many things in life, balancing on a bicycle rarely comes naturally. There’s a stretch of uncertainty, a certain amount of fear, and a lot of wobbling before the body learns the new skill. And then, such satisfaction and pride.
Tyler and Victoria would likely agree with the little guy in this video. When his dad asks him what advice he’d give to kids just learning to ride a bike, he says confidently, “Everybody, I know you can believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself, you will know how to ride a bike.”
Yes, you will, and you’ll know how to handle all the rest of the obstacles life will throw in your path.
Believe in yourself, and go for it.