Biking: A Great Metaphor of Life

One sunny morning, I randomly felt I want to go around our place riding my bicycle. I just thought of it out of nowhere, which rarely happens since I prefer more to stay at home due to my inner Tita vibes. As I was biking, I just found myself comparing it with life. Let me share with you the little realizations I had that morning.

Check Everything Else Before Starting

Aren’t the tires flat? Is the break properly working? Are the gears functioning well? Check these things first before biking. Just like in life, let us evaluate ourselves first before taking risks or making decisions. Better to be always prepared than sorry. What will happen if we just started without even knowing if you are truly ready? Although we learn from our mistakes, it is best to prevent those factors which are under our control. Remember to check everything first before doing anything.

Decide the Best Time to Start and End

This varies for different bikers. Others prefer biking at nighttime. Some want to do it during morning or afternoon. They pick what is the best time for them. In life, whatever the time, be it in a day, month, year, choose the best one wherein we can really grow.

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For me, I believe each of us is living in our own time zone. Only the societal standards demand certain results at a certain point in our life. Focus more on the personal core character to find out the best time to progress further.

Learn to Balance

For those who are learning how to ride a bicycle, balancing is the most challenging part. Lean too much on one side, you may fall. This balance is connected to almost everything we do, think, feel, and experience. Having too much or too little of anything will bring no good at all. For instance, too much kindness may lead to other people taking advantage of you. Too much logic may turn you into a less compassionate person. Learn to balance in life as you grow with experiences and lessons.

Be Ready to Take Different Paths

Not all the times, you can bike on a smooth road. It may be bumpy, grassy, rocky, or slippery. In our life, we cannot always get what we want. We go through these challenges and trials. With grit, we can overcome and succeed. If we are too scared in facing them, we will never learn in the first place. These hardships are inevitable and it is up to us as to how we handle them in our life.

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Know How to Control Pacing

Biking has different speeds. We can slow down, be fast, or stop. For as long as we know our right pacing in biking, we are doing great. Similar to life, we must be aware and be responsible enough to know when we can be fast, slow down, or even stop. Our time, energy, and resources are put to best use if we know to control our own pacing.

Get Up After Falling

It is nearly impossible to ride a bicycle without experiencing falling. Even adept bikers still fall. Likewise, successful people have failures in their life. There is no assured way of reaching our goals without failing in our journey. Get up each time we fall down. We may get it on the first, second, third, or even nth attempt before we hit our goals or reach our dreams. We may also consider changing our plans. We cannot stay defeated. Let us always get up and give ourselves the fighting chance after a downfall.

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If Hurt or Tired, Take a Rest First

Biking may exhaust or hurt us. We should take a rest when this happens. Would you want to continue if you don’t have strength left or if you are still hurting? In life, learn to pause and rest for a while. As soon as we fully rested, then continue with a renewed strength. We can even go another extra mile after we rested.

Never Lose Focus but Make the Most Out of Life

Biking needs our full focus to avoid colliding and falling.  However, focusing too much will miss out the greater things we experience from it. Yes, in our life we have to be responsible for our careers, family, finances, relationships, and goals. But remember there is more to life than these. Stop for a while to see things from a refreshing perspective to make the most out of this life.

Do you have more to add in the comparisons of life and biking? Feel free to share them by commenting below.

Rosella Jane “RJ” T. Vargas is a Christian by faith. She graduated from PUP-Manila with a degree in AB English. She is a freelance writer and an aspiring public speaker. 

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