At this point, we’re pretty used to change. Seasons, styles, appropriate greetings, and the evolution of technology have conditioned us to expect it. But one thing we couldn’t have prepared for is the inability to see family and friends, having to stand six feet apart with masks, and being in and out of lockdown for over a year. When we needed loved ones the most, we were encouraged to be alone. This past year shined a light on many things and underlining it all is the power and necessity of physical connection. We need a dance partner in the rain, a vault for embarrassing video calls, and someone to listen to our woes at the end of the day. Spending time with people we care about shouldn’t be taxing or unsafe. Make it easy by taking the plan outside. Grab a friend and climb the hill that's always made you curious. Show a loved one your home town without the distraction of traffic or the barrier of a windshield. Prioritize your bonds and support them with unplanned adventures, star gazing night rides and slow Sunday mornings. Biking is an activity everyone can share and enjoy. Age, level of mobility and even endurance have nothing on an instant throttle and steady pedal assist. Pack a lunch, forget your phone and spend the entire day with someone you love.
There are a lot more than seven wonders in the world. We live in an ecosystem that is humming with life and all we have to do is open our eyes. Move with the world versus through it and experience the passing day. Feel the wind hit your skin and listen to the chorus of birds in the sky. Welcome the rain and look for shapes in the clouds. Getting out of the house with no intention but to explore will remind you of what you’re missing out on behind closed doors. The simple act of moving your feet will release mood-boosting endorphins and trigger a brand new perspective. While riding, you’re forced to look up. Between the blossoming flowers and unexpected wildlife, you’ll hardly notice the miles racking up on your LCD screen. Join the magic of golden hour and experience the simpler side of life. Whether you’re in your own backyard or navigating a new town, pumping your feet will draw your attention back to the moment. The world is our playground; don’t waste time watching it through the window.