It’s not a secret that I love riding bikes. Anyone that knows me or kinda knows me understands that most of what i do in life revolves around the bike industry. I’ve been riding bikes all my life, or at least since I was like 7 or 8, and since I was in high school I’ve been attempting to kill myself by doing stunts and tricks on any kind of bike I can get my hands on. It’s what I do and it’s basically who i am. 🙂
There’s something about riding a bike that I really can’t explain. And i know lots of other people that feel the same way. But last night, while hanging out with some friends one of them explained this in the most simple way ever. I brought up the subject and stated “Man, I don’t know what it is, but i LOVE just getting on my bike and riding”. I followed that with “there’s just something about riding that I can’t explain. What is it?”. Without much hesitation or thought, my friend Miquel stated “it’s because it makes us feel like kids again”. And there it was. The easy explanation to it all and the most accurate that I’ve ever heard.
Go through a neighborhood or pass by a park during a nice day and you’ll see kids having fun on their bicycles. What do kids seem to always want for Christmas? That’s right, they want a bicycle. Riding a bicycle allows us to go fast, it gives us a little more power, and the ride, simply put, is just FUN!
No matter how old you are, there’s a desire in all of us to be younger. Some of us go as far as wishing that we were kids again. A kid’s #1 goal every day is to have as much fun as possible. They don’t have to worry about bills, performing well at their job, taking care of a family, or any other type of responsibilities. They exist simply to have fun, and that’s the life that we would all love to have again.
But why wish to be younger or be a kid again? We’re adults. We can come and go as we please. We can drive a car. We can stay out as late as we want, and if money permits, we can buy whatever “toys” we want. We have the time and power to have as much fun as possible. If i want to get on my bike and go for a ride at midnight, I can do that. If I want to go to the beach today, i can do that as well. Basically, being the adults that we are gives us the power to be as much of a kid as we want to.
I guess this is how I live. I don’t allow my age to dictate what I can and cannot do. Of course my body will remind me at times that I’m not a teenager any longer, but I’ll at least give it the opportunity to tell me that. I live day to day like everyone else, but I like to mix my thinking with what a kid would normally wake up thinking. “How much fun can I have today?”. Let that be your question today or tomorrow morning. Allow the “kid” in you to come out regularly and have fun. Life is too short to be an adult your whole life. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading.