What is unsafe for traffic is a fun time for people walking or riding their bikes.
I try to ride 20 miles on my bike every day and I usually head to the beach and ride along the Great American Highway as it’s flat and who can resist the views of the Pacific Ocean.
Normally I am pretty focused and just work on my workout but knowing from yesterday’s ride that the street was closed I rode again this morning in the hopes that it was still closed, and it was!
I road the four mile stretch up and back like I normally do, pretty focused. But then I decided to ride it again to add some mileage on my workout and I realized the dotted white lines could be used as an obstacle course and so for the next two miles I weaved in and out trying not to hit the white lines.
I suddenly was having fun and I couldn’t stop myself! Before I knew it the two miles were done and I turned back around to return and I continued on my obstacle course, having a great time.
As I reached the gate that closed the road a guy was just arriving on his bike and said to me, “An obstacle course, huh?” and smiled. I smiled back and decided I would do another 2 miles out and 2 miles back on my very own obstacle course. I noticed some people watching and some even smiling but I was surprised no one joined me.
Not really sure why, maybe to everyone else it wouldn’t be fun. Or maybe they just felt a little too self-conscious, or maybe they just didn’t have the time to have some fun in their morning workout routine. Whatever the reason, I just wish people had fun and enjoyed their lives a bit more.
I know we have obligations, demands, responsibilities, but does that really mean we can’t enjoy life?
A little over a year ago I left a corporate job and decided to go out on my own, consult for a living. It wasn’t easy and now I earn 50% less and yet I’ve never been happier!
What are we getting out of life when we value tangible things, like cars, televisions, mortgages on our ever expanding homes? Everyone says it’s the American dream so shouldn’t we all be happy once we reach those goals? What are we missing when we don’t focus on the intangibles like, love, compassion, giving, caring, selflessness?
I would rather have goals like, enjoy your job, love your family, embrace your friends and most importantly, respect yourself and be confident in who you are. And for me, the most important is to give yourself a reason to laugh. Laugh as often and as loud as you can.
I had the fortune of working with one of the greats, Jeffrey Walker. This was a man who really enjoyed life, every aspect of it. He kept a youthful, childlike wide-eyed wonder about the world.
He loved people, loved challenges in business, got people excited and let mistakes becomes learning lessons.
When he walked into a room, a bar, an event, people just gravitated towards him because he really was larger than life. His laugh was boisterous and booming and he made everyone feel they were the most important person in the room.
Personally he adored his children and gave them so many amazing life lessons in ways I had never seen before. His children tell of a dad who made them feel they were the luckiest kids on the planet, and from what I saw, they were.
The lessons from Jeffrey’s all-too-short life are never stop learning, never stop laughing, and enjoy the ride every step of the way.
So get on your bike, find your closed road and ride like you did when you were eight. For human’s sake this is your life, enjoy it!