Author: Charles Schulz, artist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts
My plan worked pretty well for the most part, except for one thing--going up hill. To go up a steep hill, you need to shift to the lowest gear, so the peddles turn faster and easier and you can make it up. For me, a person who was always riding in the highest gear, I'd have to stop half way up and walk because there came a point where I couldn't turn my peddles fast enough on the incline. Yup, just little me and my bike, both walking up the hill together as my friends rode on past me peddling in their low gears, waving goodbye. It wasn't my proudest moment.
I recently just got a new bike as a present. It's green and beautiful and so much fun. When I got on it for the first time, I said to myself, "You know what? I'm an adult now. I'm braver. I'm going to change my gears once in a while and go up hills without stopping." So when I saw my first hill approaching, I shifted to the easiest gear and went to the top. And it was so much easier than walking. Lesson learned!
But back to the quote. As you know, Schultz's quote isn't really about a bicycle--it's a metaphor about life. My bike riding did actually teach me about life, though. I learned that one of my "gears" that I wasn't using very often was bravery. And once I started using it, it actually made my life a heck of a lot easier and a little more rewarding, too.
Renegade Thought of the Day: What about you? What are the "gears" in your life that you use on a regular basis?
What are the "gears" that you need to start using? What's holding you back from using them? Does it hurt or help you to not use these gears?
Renegade Challenge: Practice using a new gear!
Bonus: Watch this video to see one place where I'm still not brave enough to ride my bike! (Can you guess the country?)