I went into the coffee shop where I work to cover part of someone's shift this morning. Since it was only two-and-one-half hours, I decided a trip to the library was in order afterwards.
As I was hunting through the stacks, it occured to me that I hadn't really done this since college, that is hunt randomly through stacks of books for anything that struck my fancy. I had complete freedom to choose any book regarding any subject that I wanted. To have that kind of freedom is exhilerating.
So, why talk about reading, writing, and libraries in a blog usually dedicated to cycling? Because I believe that life is best when it's in balance. Part of the reason I haven't been here in a few weeks is that I couldn't articulate my thoughts about the bike, but I had plenty to say about other subjects. When I was in college, we used to have long discussions at the dinner table in the cafeteria and in the classroom (Recreation major) about balance between work and play.
Using my brain in this way balances out my activities on the bike. Lately, I've felt like I'd rather re-read Joe Parkin's Dog In A Hat, than ride a few extra miles. Perhaps, it's because I've focused so much of my leisure time on riding this summer that I've neglected the other parts of my life that are important. Like reading, listening to live music, going to festivals, and hanging out with friends.
While I'm in great physical shape, my life has been a bit out of balance.
Where's this scattered, long-winded rant going? While I'm going to try to focus this blog on my thoughts on anything I can think of cycling-related, don't be surprised if you see a book or film review posted, either.
Cool? Oh, good. So glad you agree.
By the way, I can now ride no-handed. It only took all summer to learn. *huge grin*
Until next time, ride long and keep the rubber-side down.