As I careen around corners, I lovingly speak my truth, “Excuse me!” “On your left!” “On your right!” and “Whoa, Whoa… WHOA!!!” I smile, wave and laugh towards complete strangers, confident that my inadvertent ridiculousness will bring a grin or a giggle. Or maybe I’m just freaking them out; either way, it’s all good.
The paths on this little Island, to say the least, are like a primitive playground. I bounce, dodge, hop, side step, skid, lean and grind to a halt depending on the quality of the dirt. At home, this constant road block would cause me to feel irritated and impatient. But here, the spontaneous obstacle course gives me yet another scenario to realize that life is a series of adventurous paths. Some will be perfectly smooth and other roads will be made of soft sand; which means that we'll have to get off our bikes and start pushing.
The fucking sand! Seriously. Have you ever tried to ride a bike through sand? You can try, but you’ll look drunk and eventually slam to a halt. So you jump off, grab the handle bars with a solid grip and start to push. Man, that sand is one tough bitch. She’s all sweet and kind when you lay on her during the day, but when you wanna ride on her, she’s all tease this and work harder for that. Ugh… give me a break. She doesn’t give you options – when it’s the middle of the night and you’re on the beach, there’s no way out but to push ahead; one exhausted slipping foot in front of the other. But at least the momentum is forward.
My life trails are a combination of easy breezy and really challenging. There’s never a dull moment in my journey, because I am aware that my life is meant to be full of bumps. I demand growth and when one asks for that, the Universe will support. Which means, inevitability, I am going to go through sand.
You and I need to move through tough situations to become stronger, more independent and to trust our own abilities. Without all the struggles how can we relate, encourage and “get” each other? And so, we need to keep riding. Some days I’ve got the wind in my hair, laughter in my heart and people diving out of my way as I cruise around, yet other days, I’m stopped dead in my tracks and want to give up.
But we NEED to keep going. We’re too valuable and precious to stop progressing. So take a break and sit down. Recalibrate. Then once you have relaxed, take a big ol’ breath of fresh air, grab your bike and simply keep walking.