As a cyclist, do you ever get the feeling you are being
People are watching us. They comment about the bike at work. They ask us questions, both good and bad, like, "Where's your bike today," "How many miles do you ride," "You need more sun on your legs," "Don't lose too much weight."
Unfortunately, whether comments are good or bad, they reveal the same, sad fact: all are spectators.
"Sports" are not played, they are observed. "News" is not made, it is listened to. We can sit and become a part of any story, absorbed as if we are an active part of it. We are a society of spectators, substituting passive observation for active participation.
Once I got on the bike, that changed it for me. I couldn't
stand to be on the sidelines anymore. I can be inspired,
even thrilled by someone else's achievements, but I can't live my life through them. Not anymore. I've got to get my thrills firsthand!