By nature, I am a bit of a hermit. Despite being quite social and being able to meet people easily, I am perfectly happy on my own. When confronted with too many people for an extended period of time, I can become quite surly and anti-social. In other words, I need lots of space.
Monday was the first time I have been alone for the day in weeks. All three of the kids were off doing their various activities and I awoke to an apartment free of noise. For me, this was like a minor miracle had been placed in my lap to enjoy and ogle at like a newborn. So after a slow start that involved getting ready in a home free of television or radio noise, I headed out of the house to just go ride around town.
Deciding I was hungry, I headed over to Café Gratitude. Now I subscribe to neither the vegan nor the macrobiotic way of eating, but the food in this place is pretty good and it is not a restaurant I would normally take the kids. All of the food is named by some type of personal affirmation- a latté with almond milk is called an " I Am Loved" and when served this is what you are told as you are handed your coffee, "You are loved". This is a bit over the top to me, but again, this was about being somewhere I would not normally bring the kids. At Café Gratitude, there is a daily question (just as there is a daily special), and Monday's was "What are you liberating yourself from?". I had to chuckle as this is the question I have asked the Flickr group- how do you find liberation with your bike?
My bike gives me the opportunity to liberate myself from the crowd, and on occasion, my family. Even if it is just a trip to the store, that short ride is all I need, sometimes, to recharge.
A good, long ride can help me liberate myself from my own, frequently, heavy mind. Concentrating on the road, making sure I notice my surroundings, I am able to drop the noise that thunders through my head.
Sometimes, my bike just gives me enough time to enjoy my coffee on my own terms. There is not enough I can say about how healing that can be.
Usually, though, it ends up being about just taking advantage of having the liberty to ride. I find that that is, almost always, reason enough.