On July 4th most people hang out with friends or family at barbecues and picnics, playing games, drinking beer, laughing and having fun. That doesn’t for me, at least not any more. I did have lunch with a friend, which was wonderful, as we sat by the flooding river and enjoyed ourselves at an outdoor restaurant. Afterwards, we shopped. We used to shop a lot together, but we stopped that practice because it was not good for either of our bank accounts. We are bad influences for each other when we shop! And we know it. So going shopping together can be dangerous thing for us to do.
I have thought about buying a bicycle for a while. I need to get exercise. I was told, however, by a couple of doctors many years ago that I should not ride a “regular” bike again, because of my back issues. My bicycle “should be” a recumbent bicycle. I listened to the doctors and stopped riding a bicycle. I bought a recumbent stationary bicycle and use it sometimes. It’s just not as much fun. I recently decided that I was going to try to ride a regular bicycle again. I am tired of all the “rules” and “limitations” that I have been given. I have listened and I have followed them and I am bored with life. it seems that I sit in my house and do very little. Most days that’s all I feel like doing; but those other days, I want to DO something! So, I bought a bicycle. It is not a fancy bicycle, it’s old, it’s a cheap brand and I didn’t pay a lot for it. A number of people have laughed at it because it is “cheap,” or it is “old” or it has “rust” on it. I don’t really care about all of that. It fits me well and it works. The gear shifter was broken and it cost almost as much to get a new one put on as I paid for the bike. Without a new one though, I couldn’t ride it at all.
After I adjusted the seat and the handlebars, put air in the tires and cleaned up the bike, it was time to try it out. I got on, pedaled for about thirty seconds and got so dizzy I couldn’t see! Got off the bicycle and put it away. Not an auspicious start to my new hobby! I decided I must just be tired and it would be better the next day after I rested. And it was. The next day it was even better. Now I can ride a bit farther every day! Of course, yesterday I guess I rode a little too far and had an asthma attack. I will remember my inhaler from now on, though.
The main thing is that I bought a bicycle! I broke the rules. I am pushing my limits in a controlled way. I’m not doing anything too crazy and I’m working up to being able to ride around my whole neighborhood so that I can eventually be able to ride in the park. I will get there. Maybe I will like it so much that I will buy a better bicycle, but for now the bicycle I have will do just fine. After all, it deserves another chance as much as I do.