With natural progressions, you sometimes fail to carry over important aspects of everyday activities.
Case in point, riding your bike.
Remember how much fun it was to finally be riding unsupported - the first few times you were actually riding solo.
Then, when you finally left your neighborhood, on two wheels. All of the fun of exploring, and being on your own. True freedom!
Then graduating to 4 wheels (powered) and having all of the fun we associate with being teenagers --- this is were bicycling seems to take a back seat. Bicycles seem to take a back seat (no pun intended) to hot girls, and hot cars. Freedom ends!
Then, having your children, and taking them for rides in "child seats, " and the fun it seemed to provide for everyone.
Then, later, riding with your kids, with them on their own two wheelers. The fun of exploring and experiencing returns.
Having fun with others, as you and your friends go on family rides, with all the kids - maybe a run to a lunch stop in the middle, maybe a picnic, maybe an introduction to the "country."
Later, just using the bike for exercise - without even considering fun.
Getting that bike back down from the rafters, cleaning and lubricating, and adjusting - maybe a couple new tires. Just so you could go for a ride with your childrens' children. Grandchildren are FUN!
Final stages - maybe retireing, and rediscovering bicycling as a form of exercise, and weight control ------- only to rediscover how much FUN it is to be out on a bike, just for the sheer enjoyment (maybe some errands, too) of absorbing life around you. Rides actually getting longer than you ever considered before, just because it was fun. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. More often than not, just riding and enjoying the companionship of others, doing something you all enjoy.
You have been brought back full circle, to when riding was just plain FUN. The times when you just took off on your bike, away from your neighborhood, to explore and enjoy.
It really is FUN! Even if you aren't going a million miles an hour.
Life is GOOD!