A personal note - on life and learnings!
I've been inspired to share this with you today because I've just got back from Italy! I'm feeling so cold back home after the warm sunny days!
This trip has been on the cards since 2019, when we booked to travel as a group of cyclist friends to go back for our third year in a row in 2020- bike riding in the beautiful Alps in the mighty Dolomites.
Well.. We all know what happened in 2020… it didn’t happen!
I was so excited in the months leading up to this trip. My cycling training had lots of stops and starts- first with a bad flu and then Covid, then another flu.
Most of my training was done indoors because I had lost my nerve a little with all the traffic and potholes on the roads around here. To be honest I wasn’t sure how I’d go riding up the big elevations of the mountains when I got into the “real world”.
1. Work with what you have!
2. Don’t wait for the perfect time- the perfect time is NOW.
I think ageing teaches us this message.
And the earlier we can learn this in life, the more we live a life without regret that we didn’t seize the day when we could.
In the months leading up to our trip almost everyone in our (very fit and healthy) group faced some sort of unexpected health challenge.
Then, just days before we left, my beautiful friend (the only other girl in the group) had to cancel her plans to travel to Italy with us because of the sudden, sad news of the health of a family member.
So there we were- our group smaller than expected, and almost all of us facing some challenge or another compared to the last time we all rode together in Italy in 2019.
I had to push past my personal fear of descending the steep mountain climbs I would normally ride with the encouragement of my female friend riding with me, and find my own courage to ride them alone.
With each year of age I learn this lesson more.
Time goes fast, unexpected things happen- and it’s up to us to choose how we use each moment we have.
Some great questions to ask yourself..
- What dreams do I have that I am holding myself back on by waiting for the perfect time?
- What roadblocks are stopping me living these dreams right now?
- Can a shift in the way I look at my limitations make it possible to enjoy my dreams sooner rather than later (or maybe, never)?
- Do I really need to wait for the perfect time?
- Or could the perfect time be now?