The Bike

The Bike

Have you ever tried teaching somebody something? If you have, then I’m sure that you’ve had experiences where getting that person to learn that new task was pretty easy. All you had to do was tell them how to do it one time or show them how to do it once, and then they were able to pick up on it. And when this happens, everyone who’s involved ends up happy. You love it because it means that you don’t have to keep trying to explain yourself to this person, and the person who’s just picked up the new skill ends up feeling proud about themselves because they were able to understand it so easily. The learning process can be frustrating for both teacher and student, so the less time you have to spend on it before understanding is reached, the better. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen as quickly as we would like it to.

Sometimes when you’re teaching someone something new they don’t understand it so easily. It may take them two, three, or even more times before they’re able to get it. This is particularly true for young children. They don’t have the physical or mental development that adults do, so it may wind up taking them especially long to learn how to do something new. Take riding a bike for example. You may have never taught anyone how to do it, but I’m sure that at some point in your life you learned how to ride one. Do you remember how long it took you to learn? It took me forever. In fact, I was almost a teenager before I was able to figure it out. And you probably didn’t pick it up on your first try either. It most likely didn’t take you as long as it took me, but it did take some time…

First off, you were presumably pretty scared. You didn’t want to fall off and hurt yourself, and you knew that because you didn’t have the support of your training wheels that that might be a very real possibility. And even though you had knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet on, you still didn’t want to experience the pain that would come if you weren’t able to stay on. And it wasn’t just the fear that kept you from learning how to do it right away. Yes, your legs knew how to move in order to make the bike move. You had been doing that for years with your training wheels on. But since you never had to practice balancing the bike, you had to learn how to add this to the act of peddling, which was fairly difficult. When you combine both of these factors, it explains why you weren’t just able to get it on your first try. And that’s why the person who was teaching you how to ride it, held on to your bicycle until they thought you were ready to do it on your own. They would start off standing to the side of you as you pedaled, and then as you got more confident they would move to the back. And finally, when they thought you could do it by yourself, they would let go, and once you realized you were doing it by yourself, your confidence kicked in, and you kept going and going, until you couldn’t go anymore.

Life is a lot like riding a bike. You’re not always going to be able to pick up on everything the first time. Sometimes it’s going to take multiple tries for you to understand what you need to do. Luckily, the universes and the people in your life will keep on trying to get you to understand that lesson. They’re not going to give up on you until you get. You may feel like the same unfavorable things are happening to you over and over again, and this may frustrate you, but they reason that they haven’t stopped is because you haven’t learned the lesson from it yet. Positive thinker, when you finally learn what you need to do in order for this unpleasant thing to leave your life then you won’t ever have to worry about seeing it again. The lesson is there, you just have to find it.