Before starting the car,
I know where I am going.
The car and I are one.
If the car goes fast, I go fast.
~Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Innocently Young One’s high voice,
sweet & song-like, queried;
“why so serious,
must you… will you,
always be adulting?
Olderself, c’mon out,
And I don’t mean
the lottery or cards!”
After a few calm breaths
recognizing Youngerself’s wisdom,
I said “yes, lets play,
let’s go ride a bike
out in nature,
feel the breeze,
soar past trees
unafraid to mud up
my nose and knees.”
When mindfully riding
on the bike,
that during a cycle
bike & I are one.
Joyfully we travel together,
arriving safely in each moment
even when bouncing through
pot-holed city streets,
passed by distracted drivers,
braking into deep
ruts, puddles & streams
on the way to loved ones
who are not surprised
to hold me,
wet & muddy.
Their smile indicating
it’s a-OK for me to continue
letting go of adulting,
at least for now.
Enjoy peddling as it reduces stress, keeps you feeling young,
increases muscle strength, improves cardiovascular health,
reduces transportation costs & lowers carbon footprints upon mother earth.
Also, remember to wear a helmet, dear young ones.
Please enjoy this cycling music video, Why Cycle, Go Ride A Bike!;
produced a few years ago, featuring the singing of my friend, Manon.
54 Replies to “Wheels on the Bike Go Round & Round”
“Adulting” — what a great encapsulation! I do too much of that, too little of playing. Thanks for the reminder, friend. Glad you are getting out on your bike on those beautiful trails!
thank you Cate
for being a good sport
and remembering to
get out & play 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed this post! It brought back happy memories. Maybe I’ll get back to cycling!
there may be a nice
bike just waiting
to take you away, JoAnna 🙂
that is a wonderful
bike promotion, Ben 🙂
Thank you. Perhaps a few more folk will pause and think it through?
What a creative post!!
i’m happy you find it so, laura 🙂
I think I will get myself a bike! Thank you for the inspiration.
wishing you cycling pleasure, JC!
perhaps there’s a nice used one nearby, or if you are comfortable with a little assembly, bikes direct.com 🙂
My cycling days are long since over David, yet thankfully I can still keep up with the pace of awareness and ride happily along upon that. 🙂
makes me happy knowing
that you are cycling freely, Hariod,
in your own way
unburdened by this
heavy bike lock 🙂
ahhh. the artistry that is nature and all the life that goes on around us that is the backdrop as we get out and appreciate what’s around us. I am in the same mood, cool vibe
thank you for coming along
on this cycle with me, Elissa & Alan!
may your time in nature
be calm & healing 🙂
I love the notion of adulting. Gonna give some thought to childing.
wonderful to tap into
these ancient notions, mschrysalis!
converting nouns into verbs
is kind of new
to me 🙂
There is a wonderful childlike freedom while riding a bike, which you express beautifully David. Besides the brakes failing on me once, (which was funny to watch, but not to experience!) most of bike riding has been fun! 🙂 Happy riding my friend.
thank you for your kind supportive comment, Karen. the disc brakes on my mountain bike can stop way too fast, if not careful. may we all have the right amount of brakes for the conditions 🙂
Adulting! Neat! 🙂 Professor David Bohm, whom i used to have conversations with, wrote about the Rheomode, and how verbs can be used more – as they were by certain Native American Indian tribes – than nouns (as the fundamental basis of our language). The way we speak and internally think often dictates how we perceive.
thanks Tom for the insight. it does make sense to describe actions this way. with some creativity, before too long we’ve got a new vocabulary 🙂
Wonderful………and thanks for sharing your friend’s song. It would be lovely to see car drivers swop to cycling in inner Melbourne. We have many cycling lanes and cyclists, but it would be good to see less polluting cars on the roads.
Interesting note: my new home in a 6 storey apartment block by the river (1 of 5 buildings) has cycling racks at the foot of every car space in the two basements car parks. Many of those racks have tenant’s bikes already filling the wall mounts and it good to see how the architects encourage tenants to ride the nearby cycling paths by the river and into the city. I don’t see that many cars in the spaces, just bikes so I wonder if the tenants don’t have cars at all.
thank you Vicki for these worthwhile endorsements of peddle power. perhaps local people will get a movement going to encourage bike usage, as well as creation of safe bike infastructure, like in Amsterdam. When people feel safe, riding becomes joyful through town. It’s relatively safe in the small CA town I live in. Enjoy your “car-free” day 🙂
Hi David, thank you for the great reminder to play and frolic, be outdoors, enjoy. My best to you~~
thanks for playing along
how wonderful we’re able
to get out & adventure 🙂
Good for you, David! Maybe it’s because I grew up in a hillside neighborhood with no sidewalks and plenty of blind curves that I never owned a bike, so I admire you and yours! Is that graceful shrub in the Lakeside 6 photo manzanita? I remember it from Girl Scout Camp in Angeles National Forest. A long time ago!
i’m happy to share the cycling with you, sunny, as i’ve been doing it as long as i remember. The reddish tree is a manzanita, pretty common here in N Cal. wishing you a joyful, adventurous day 🙂
What a lovely path! Such fun being reminded of riding a bike as a child. I always pretended it was a horse. Now that I am adulting (not really. I’m still eight), I find I don’t like fixing flats. I hike to beautiful places where bikes can’t really go anyway. I loved your biking writing.
thanks for riding along on the bike with me Mary. Glad you make it to places even bikes can’t reach. I’m not into fixing flats either and try to have good tires and stay off thorns 🙂
You make mindful adventures childs play! Thanks for the ride – and inspiration – David ❤️
i knew i could
count on you, Val
to be one of the first
out on the playground!
wishing you a happy
play day 🙂
Zoom zoom– (uh-oh–!)
(Note to adult patterns within:
Any bits of wood over 3″ diameter
should be considered logs, and
be in their rightful natural place–
not on the trail.)
No skinned knees I hope. Although it could be fun to keep the adulting off-line a bit longer and compare scars… 🙂
i’m gonna have as much
fun as Michael going down
this hill, in fact
i’m going down without
using the brakes this time,
no scars, but i can
show off some bruises 🙂
Yes, a bike ride offers non-stop visual rewards. From the driver’s seat of my car, I miss the finer details of travel.
thank you, susan
for kindly being
So much fun you had.
It oozes like mud from the screen 🙂
Who needs adulting?
i’m with you, Alison,
not sure who
but it does seem
to be quite popular 🙂
“Why must you ‘always be adulting’?” That one is going on the list of things I’m going to say . . . mostly to myself. Peace.
other that here,
I’ve just been sharing it
to myself, also 🙂
There is nothing that can compare to the outdoors.
Be it on a bike or on your feet.
Great photos from your experience!
thank you for your kind words, Faraday’s Candle! perhaps i’ll see you out there;
i’m headed to the snow for some xc skiing 🙂
One of the greatest inventions of all time, the bicycle!
the guy who invented the modern bike never even got rich! but he offered untold riches to us 🙂
Oh…love being ok with not ‘adulting’.
Thanks for being there, not adulting, Kelly!
that looks excellent 🙂
I must say your pictures say more than any words.
thanks & smiles to you, Cecilia 🙂
Unifying the child, adult, and cycle into one being!
Let’s get some exercise and
be greeted by those who love us
mud and all.
Oh yes… and I enjoyed Manon’s voice! 🙂 Many thanks to you both!
thank you for your kind reflection
of Manon’s singing of my song!
I enjoy your muddy way with words
and expressing from the heart, Ka 🙂
Aw, such freedom!