This week I attended a work related seminar. The speaker made the following comment in relationship to the "strength" of human beings: "Everyone has met with adversity and challenges in life. Anyone who lives to be 50 years old is doing something right, because there are a whole lot of people who don't make it to fifty. Anyone who lives to be 70 is doing something right, because there are a whole lot of people who don't make it to 70...." And on he went up to 100 years of age. For whatever reason, that comment hit home, and I remembered so many of my friends and family who've not made it as far as I have. It also helped me realize that cycling is one of the tools I use to help overcome adversity. When stressed, I ride. When I'm depressed I ride. When sad, I ride. When I need to clear my head, I ride. To keep my heart and lungs relatively healthy, I ride. When I lost the first person I really loved, I rode until the tears were gone and the grief bearable (I rode a lot of miles that year.) I wonder what will happen when I won't be able to ride any longer? Eventually, that time is sure to come. Have any of you given this serious thought? What will you do when you can't ride any longer?
Or, perhaps I'm placing way too much importance on riding in my life.... but I don't think so.