Here is a unique story illustrating the beautiful harmony between two people who have chosen to share their life path, using their bicycles as a way to celebrate their relationship. As little children, they rode their bikes to visit each other, continuing their tradition with their own children, and transforming their love of cycling, and unconditional love for one another, into their adult years.
A bicycle is a special device, whisking us around this fascinating world to explore, discover, and perhaps, unite us together. They serve as companions to us, where the handlebars feel like home, the wheels give us wings of freedom, and allows our present company to “shift gears” from a simple stranger to a cherished friend. Bicycles encourage us to appreciate this gift of life we are given and love those whom we have the honor of sharing our life path with.
This tale of two long-time lovers, devoted in their commitment to serve one another, (did you see the princess crown on her helmet?) is a sweet story, but is it too far-fetched to believe that this can be more than a rare occurrence, where a bike can bring people together in such a special way?
I believe it can.
Riding a bike is a form of sacrifice: you trade your time, and the convenience of a car, to invest in your personal health and curious hunger for the “journey.” You silently vow to share your path with others. You seek a goal to reach a specific destination, and along the way, become acutely aware of those pursing the same thing. From this common ground, love can grown. It’s a relationship with your fellow rider, where an admiration of fond familiarity provides a willingness to help your peddling journeyman succeed. And, perhaps, this love can last a lifetime.
During this season of love and sacrifice, allow bicycling to transform your own life, by sharing your personal path with those whom you choose to care for, while remaining open to those who choose to care for you. With a little bit of faith, and trust, you’ll have a very special bike story to tell.