What do you think of when you hear the word “Freedom?”
Possibly a mental image of this guy:
Or maybe a patriotic flag or a vision of the cross.
(I’m sure this kid feels AWESOME practicing his freedom of artistic expression.)
Do you ever think of this?
A simple bike. Pretty basic. Two wheels, two petals, a handlebar, a seat, and a chain.
It’s a symbol of freedom.
Ever wanted to win the lottery? Well, this is your winning ticket. It’s fast, it’s exciting, and it will make you feel like you can fly. Seriously.
I mean, doesn’t it beat this?
These are our prisons. Completely unnatural and not what we were designed to be refined to. Whenever you have a chance to get out of the box, or whatever your “prison” of stagnant movement is, and onto a device that flows, allowing your creative mind to open and other mental barriers to fall down, it is an experience worth trying.
We are always seeking freedom, and expressing that desire, even if the word “freedom” is not said outright.
“If only I had…”
“I’ll be so happy when…”
“I’m waiting until…”
“My schedule won’t allow…”
These restrictions we put on ourselves limit our view of what’s possible. The more we are limited, the less options we have, until our actions become robotic and predictable, including how we treat ourselves or other people. The idea of freedom is to be set loose from restrictions, and boldly explore the unknown.
To experience liberation.
Luckily, if you are citizen of the United States, you have that right. It’s conveniently partnered with the right to “the pursuit of happiness.” So, why not exercise that right?
No matter your goals, your dreams, your aspirations, I can guarantee that finding a place where you can cruise around on your bike will give you a new appreciation of life, love, and happiness. We think that birds are free because they can soar into the sky, unchained from any object. In essence, a bicycle can do the same thing. A friend of mine describes riding a bike as “a heightened joy of the senses, where anything is possible.”
So this week, ride a bike. Just once. And I dare you to close your eyes at some point during a bike ride. Capture that moment. Experience the sensation of flight, of releasing your inhibitions, and believing that the goal or idea you have in your mind is possible.
Enjoy your freedom!
“Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.” – William Wallace