Recently I did something I never thought I would do again for the rest of my life. It was something I was completely afraid of and something I had convinced myself I never would be able to.
I rode a bike.
I know, I know. It doesn’t sound like a big deal- but believe me, it was. Like most kids, I learned to ride a bike when I pretty young. But over the years (and one memorable, negative bike experience later) I stopped riding and developed a fairly intense fear of bikes.
In fact, I was pretty certain I had forgotten how to ride a bike (even though they say you never do).
It wasn’t until a recent trip to Europe with my husband that the thought of riding a bike ever crossed my mind. We went on a day trip to the grounds of Versailles (historical and amazing palace, even more amazing gardens). Since the grounds are so massive it’s recommended to rent bikes to tour the gardens.
The gardens themselves were so magical, I wanted to try! When I got to the bike rental station, I was practically shaking- wanting to cry at the idea of hurting myself or some innocent pedestrian. But somehow I still found myself climbing onto one of the bikes.
Much to my surprise, I didn’t fall as I began to pedal. I hadn’t forgotten to ride a bike after all! After a few minutes I found myself feeling more comfortable, as I continued to pedal down the road I realized I was having fun! And I was in one of the most beautiful places I had ever been. Tree-lined streets along the Grand Canal, people eating picnics and rowing themselves across the water.
Riding a bike had turned into one of the most fun memories of my life (no exaggeration). And I almost let fear stop me from doing it!
It made me realize- why should I ever let fear stop me from doing anything in life (whether it’s riding a bike or starting a blog)??
The only way to truly become fearless to face the things that frighten us. Some of the greatest experiences in life are ours for the taking if we can overcome the fear that holds us back.