After 2 years of not knowing how far I was riding, or how fast, I now had my cycle computer working! What a thrill for a calculating mind like mine. Something for my mind to check on every moment—how fast? how far? average speed? Careful, keep up the pace!
Was I even on a bike or was it just my mind and the computer? Were my legs and fresh summertime scenery off in another world completely?
Cruising up a slight incline, looking down at the computer… it hit me. Riding is my time for being with the beauty of the earth around me, time to be in tune with the strength of my body. It’s my time to get out of my head. So I decided that my average speed did not matter. What did matter was riding and enjoying. Just being.
Looking up, I saw two deer gazing at me, peacefully and knowingly. They seems to be saying, “Yup, that was a good decision.” I slowed way down so I would not scare them off. I did not want to stop because that meant making a loud click as I twisted my foot out of the pedal, and i figured the noise would spook them.
We continued to gaze at one another, each experiencing those different creatures who inhabit this bountiful earth. For a few seconds I forgot that I was on a bike. Yet being on the bike, having to balance while going very slowly helped me to feel even more strongly the nature around me and my connection to the beautiful wild creatures ahead of me.
A few more seconds and I was getting too close to the deer. I had to click out of my pedal because I did not want to turn, did not want to loose contact with the grace and beauty of the deer. CLICK. The deer did not startle! I stepped down and stood there for a few more seconds, absorbing the delight of our communion, glad to be on firm ground. Finally, the deer decided it was time to move on and they bounded into the woods. A split second later there was no sign of them. It was like they had been a figment of my imagination.
The presence of the deer may have been pure happenstance. I think their presence was the reward for my decision to just enjoy–me and my bike. A sign that nature supports intrinsic motivation.
Thank you nature and earth’s bounty.
What motivates you, naturally? For the long term? Please share by commenting below.