Remember what it was like learning to ride a bike? Can you recall how scary yet rewardingly brilliant it was at the same time? We’ve all heard the expression “it’s like learning to ride a bike”. Re-igniting your passion for something that you’ve once loved is no different: it’s like learning to ride a bike, once you do it you never forget. Today I’d like to share the importance of ‘getting back on the saddle’. For some, this may have a literal meaning as well but whatever the case; there is always something that we let go of when we get a little lost. Every once in a while we need to re-group, re-assess and re-think.
Maybe knitting is your passion, maybe it’s golf or gardening or baking. Whatever the case, sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we end up separated from the one thing that defines us or allows us to feel at peace. The trouble with being separated from doing something that you cherish and love is that although seemingly small to others, it may be a huge part of ‘you’, your identity and the very thing that has helped shape and promote growth in you.
Fortunately, I’ve re-discovered cycling during the past month. It’s been the better part of 2 years since I’ve ridden more than a week or two and I have to say how wonderful it is to re-connect with who I really am, on the bike. That might sound crazy and you might wonder how I could ‘lose myself’ and give up something that is so very important and admittedly character-defining for me. Life gets in the way. After a serious relationship ending, a thyroid condition, a move to a new place and my business being challenged by the recession, I had every excuse in the book not to ride my bike. Somehow with all the recent adversity, I had neglected to give myself ‘permission’ to do something that I loved even though I knew it would be extremely beneficial for me. The benefits of riding (as with any exercise) extend much further than physical, they also promote psychological and emotional wellbeing too .What I didn’t realize was that with every passing day that I ‘chose’ not to ride I was further putting off being ME and being happy. Its funny how life can do that, interject and leave you without a sense of self if for only a short time. Whether it’s a job, a move, a relationship or other responsibilities, life can significantly alter your ’lifestyle’ and get in the way of doing things you not only enjoy and are passionate about doing, but also things that you hold close to you as a person. It happens so easy, you find yourself sacrificing something you love doing for a few weeks, a few weeks turn into months and then all of a sudden years have passed and you’re left wondering how you ever ‘gave up’ that special thing that you once looked forward to with such conviction and pride.
Enter the muse…
Everyone can relate to letting something go that they once loved doing: We’ve all had to sacrifice along life’s journey. Sometimes we’ve done it willingly and other times the decision was made for us when fate stepped in to deal us a new hand. Whatever the case, I find there is nothing more inspiring, motivating or profound then having a muse to bring us back to the one thing we’ve forgotten and get us back on the saddle. There is a great song by dépêche mode, “It’s only when I lose myself in someone else that I find myself” that I feel holds a lot of truth. Sometimes it takes getting lost, really losing a sense of who you are and what you are all about, to remember and re-incarnate the genuine person deep within you. A muse can have many faces and can help you achieve many astounding things. The important thing is that you re-align your being with who you really are and get reacquainted with ‘you’. Once again I have been inspired, this time by a new muse. Whatever or whoever your muse is, really is irrelevant. What matters is that you live a life that is full of inspiration, abundance, hope, fulfillment and contentment and stay in touch with ‘you’. Although life can temporarily derail you and leave you sidelined from your goals and aspirations, it’s important to find a way back to your ‘core’. In times of feeling lost, it may be beneficial to have a muse to bring you back to focus and catapult you forward, pulling you closer to what you set out to achieve in the first place.
I strongly encourage you to identify one thing you’ve given up, sacrificed or not done (that you love) in the past while and find a way to get back on the saddle and re-introduce that special something into your life. If it’s helpful, find a muse. Think of someone or something that will motivate and inspire you to achieve greatness. Sometimes that’s all you need, a little push when you are feeling drained from being in your own corner and relying solely on intrinsic motivation.
Remember, impossible is nothing; especially when you have a muse.