“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
Sport is often used as a metaphor for life. In my experience, sports – both individual and team – have provided me with countless lessons that parlay neatly into other areas of my personal and professional life.
Take mountain biking, for instance. Any mountain biker will tell you that hovering above two wheels and a chain is one of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy God’s glorious creation. The camaraderie, the sights, smells, sounds and rush of air as you whisk through the woods are hard to top and it is always wonderful to see how extensively the mountain biking community contributes to sustainable environmental practices in the design, use and upkeep of its designated trails.
I’ve only been mountain biking for a short time, but it would take me weeks to describe how much I’ve learned while navigating hills, rivers, roots, rocks, climbs, descents and more with my friends. Here are but a few lessons that I hope will serve you in your life:
- Progress lies in being bold.
- Look as far ahead as possible, especially when the going gets rough.
- Absorb the bumps you meet along the way. Explore your resilience.
- The greatest thrills and most satisfying moments are often hidden in the outer folds of your personal envelope.
- Your full attention matters.
- Postponing little decisions is the root cause of most emergencies.
- Even in a race it is you against yourself.
- Pick your line and give it all you’ve got. Hesitation cometh before a fall.
- You can smell the roses even when you’re lying in a rose bush.
- If you’ve fallen on a rose bush, get out as quickly and as carefully as possible. Don’t wallow in misfortune. Reach out for helping hands.
- Energy is everywhere. Pay as much attention to the back side of every log, rock and hill as you do the front.
- If safety were put first, you’d never leave the parking lot for the trailhead.