If you are a regular visitor to this blog, you already know that one of my favourite activities is cycling through the forest. The fresh scent of pine and endless varieties of vegetation comprise one of mother natures’ grandest gardens. Ferns, mosses, and wild mushrooms of all shapes and sizes spew forth from rocky cliffs, steep hillsides and lofty trees towering overhead. This luscious landscape is truly one of the most magnificent and magical on our planet.
Maneuvering my bike through endless trails is an exhilarating experience, especially when the path is littered with hazards leading to surprising drop-offs. Total focus is necessary if I am to complete the ride intact. No longer a carefree young person who believes she is invincible, I carefully make my way down the path with nervous trepidation.
Embarking on challenges like this is no different than striving for personal growth in other areas of life. It takes a certain amount of confidence to endure tasks beyond ones comfort level. Where does confidence come from when one feels they do not have enough courage within? The answer is from others.
Enlisting the support of another can be worth its weight in gold. My son, a more skilled rider than I, accompanied me on this ride. He provided me with the support I needed to complete the journey successfully. Timely riding tips and warnings of upcoming hazards helped me to prepare myself for what lay ahead. In addition, he alerted wildlife of our presence. Thankfully there were no hungry looking carnivores on this trek!
Personal growth requires a certain amount risk. Know that stretching yourself does not need to be a solo journey. In fact, having a support person can enhance the experience significantly. As 1930’s explorer Everett Ruess once said, “A true companion halves the misery and doubles the joys.” It is true. Growing through life can be easier and more fun when accompanied by another who is ready to cheer you on and celebrate each small success along the way.
We emerged from the trail with smiles on our faces. I felt euphoric over my accomplishment, with only a spattering of mud and tiny black bugs on my jacket. I looked back to the forest and noticed a sign that said “No trespassing”. Oops! There were no signs at the start of the trail, which brings me to yet another life lesson. Hindsight is always 20/20, revealing a new and different perspective seldom anticipated. Glance back in life from time to time to reap those lessons and commit to your journey forward, as that is where your own true magnificence awaits!