Not Staying Stagnant


Not Staying Stagnant

When you’re a kid, you learn how to do a lot of different things. Your parents and the other adults in your life want to show you different skills that will be beneficial to you throughout your life. Some of these abilities, like being able to read or wash your own clothes are pretty practical. We may learn how to do them at different paces or at different stages in our life, but most of us learn how to eventually do these things. Other skills, we may not necessarily need, but adults still show us how to do them just because someone showed them how to do it at some point when they were growing up. The ability to ride a bike happens to be one of those skills.

When most kids start of learning how to ride a bike, they use training wheels. Being able to balance on just two wheels is difficult, so they have to work their way up to being able to do it without them. For some kids, like me, this is so difficult that it takes them a really long time to get the hang of it. While most of my classmates were able to ride a bicycle when we were in grammar school, I didn’t learn until I was in junior high.

During the summer before sixth grade, I went with my mom, sister, and brother to visit my godmother and her two kids in Chicago. We were only there for a week, but in this time I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels. One night, we were all in the living room of my godmother’s house just chatting, and somehow the conversation changed to the fact that my sister and I couldn’t ride a bike without training wheels. It was there, in that living room, that my godmother said that she swore that she would teach us how to do it before we left to go back home. So, the next day we all got up and after eating breakfast she proceeded to begin teaching us how to ride a bicycle.

It started off, by her holding on to the back of the bike like you see in movies and TV shows when parents are trying to teach their kids how to ride. In between turns, my godsister would stress the importance that we kept our legs going. Since we didn’t have the support of the training wheels, we would fall over if we stopped moving. We went through the process of alternating between advice and hands-on riding for about an hour. After the hour, my godmother thought that we were prepared enough for her to let go of the bike. She didn’t let us know that she was going to let go (also like they do in the movies and on TV), but when she did, we kept on moving. And after we saw that we could do it by ourselves, we were comfortable starting off riding by ourselves instead of having her start off holding on to the bike. By the end of the day we were pros, and both of us were glad that we took the time to learn how to ride on our own.

Positive thinker, life is a lot like the process of riding a bike. If you want to go from one place to another you have to keep moving. You can’t just stand still and hope to move to where you want to be. And also like riding a bike, you’re going to get tired. You may feel like you’re moving and moving but you’re not getting any closer to your goal. When this happens, take a break and reassess your situation. Maybe you need to change direction to get to where you need to be, or may be the path you were already on was the correct one and you just needed a bit of a breather before getting started again. Whatever the case may be, just make sure that you do get moving again. Some of us may need a longer break or more breaks than others, but the important part is that we find the strength that we need to reach that place where we want to be!