Sunday, December 13, 2015

Conforming – Is Resistance Futile? No Way!

According to the proverbial “Powers-That-Be,” cycling should be done either at the crack of dawn or when direct sunlight is available.  You must also have the “Correct” riding apparel, and bicycle, lest thou offend the God of The Cycling Snobs.  Well, I say NUTS to that!

Imagine how much better (and fun) life would be if we did not do everything we were told to?  I know a lot of people that indeed do everything they are told, or are expected, to do.  And, guess what?  They are boring.  Thus, while I may not be the “World’s Most Interesting Man” like in those beer commercials, I do refrain from comfort zones because they make humans two-dimensional and uninteresting.

Case in point: I rode to lunch with a friend, and while that may not seem Earth shattering, the ride was done on a couple of old, steel beaters, wearing blue-jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers, with nary a sight of carbon fiber, spandex, or expensive Italian shoes.   It was a care-free ride, sans all of the accoutrements normally associated with “Proper” cycling.  It was really quite liberating and refreshing.

From time to time, it is perfectly OK to forget the norms, and shedding any, and all, comfort zones builds character.  Plus, it certainly makes life, and us humans, a whole lot more interesting.

Just get out and pedal.

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