At times, I've looked back at my life and wondered "how did I get here?" If you'd asked me at any point before 2009 what I was going to do in the future, being a cycling instructor wouldn't even have crossed my mind.
One of my favourite songs is Life Is A Highway by Tom Cochrane - very much a song associated with taking a road trip in an auto, but look closely at the lyrics and it can be applied to bicycling as well.
Life's like a road that you travel on
When there's one day here and the next day gone
Sometimes you bend sometimes you stand
Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
There's a world outside every darkened door
Where blues won't haunt you anymore
Where the brave are free and lovers soar
Come ride with me to the distant shore
We won't hesitate break down the garden gate
There's not much time left today
Life is a highway
I want to ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I want to drive it all night long
I have never been one to fold under pressure, always focusing on moving forward. In high school I developed a saying which sums up my approach to life: "if opportunity knocks and you don't answer, it's not going to come back with a pizza." I have few regrets and fewer moments I wish I could change in my past.
The road that led to this point in my life didn't follow the route I expected, but it always included a bicycle. I don't know what the future holds, but I expect my journey will always include a trusty 2-wheeled form of transportation. Care to join me for a ride?