I’m moving forward on my list! And something wonderful is happening. I’m starting to look at the days like a blank canvas- 75 and sunny? Beautiful day to finish #27 Travel by bicycle… 45 and rainy? Great day for #26 Learn a new language (Le mie competenze italiane stanno migliorando). But isn’t that how life should be? Let’s look at each day as our blank canvas- an opportunity to do something. I love that my list is gently reminding me to live life to the fullest. And to wake up every day saying, what adventure can I have today?
143 days to go… 5 down, 25 to go!
#27 Travel by bicycle- this was quite an accomplishment for me, and I’ll tell you why. My sister met the love of her life on a wonderful family trip to San Francisco… and part of that wonderful trip was what I will call a “spirited” bike ride with my family and my sister’s future husband’s family- our pack was affectionately called Team Laser! Yes, with the exclamation mark required. I think the initial intention was to ride to the San Fran Botanical Gardens and back, but as the gardens were closed (it was a Monday)… we ended up riding over 20 miles through the steep hills of San Fran including across the pedestrian thick Golden Gate Bridge and down the petrifying descent into Sausalito. All after a very “festive,” very late night with my sister and friends. Did I mention I also had not ridden a bike since I was maybe 10? Oh, and that I am incredibly unsteady on a bike? And terrified?? So, so terrified?? Not only did I get called names… Grandma, I think, for my speedy crawl behind the pack and probably because they all had to wait for me to inch down into Sausalito (I should have just walked it down! It would have been faster!)… but I hated it. the. whole. time. So… fast forward to about a year ago, and I’ve accepted that 1) I am just not a good runner, despite being related to a family of marathoners, and 2) I really don’t like to run but really do need a good cardio I enjoy. I love swimming, but it’s technically challenging in the middle of a harsh New England winter (think, hair icicles walking to car…). That’s when I tried spin. I figured, a stationary bike cannot be so bad, at least I can’t crash with it on top of me, right? I actually loved it! And so, after years of my husband asking me to ride bikes, this summer I finally felt steady enough on a stationary bike to give it another go at one that moves forward. My always accommodating husband jumped right in after getting the green light and bought me an awesome new mountain bike with all the bells and whistles (I do need to get an actual bike bell for it 😄). And that brings us to today- a day out on the River Rail Trail to overcome my fear of these wobbly stick like machines. So much fun!! I’ve learned 2 lessons from this- first, cruiser bikes are NOT meant for the tough hills of San Fran despite them being paved, and second, I actually do like to Travel By Bicycle. So cathartic to vent about my traumatic experience, LOL
#28 Read a book for fun– I just finished reading a great book my mom recommended (thanks mom!):
It’s an intriguing take on meditation as brain training to improve happiness and efficiency (personally and professionally), and it was a good pleasure read (I love the humor interwoven into the story). Brain training is such an interesting topic; I love the idea of exploring what your brain can do for you, much like yoga explores what your body can do. I figure, might as well count my blessings and enjoy all the capabilities I have now while I can!
So, that’s all for now! Until my next adventure…