Keeping Balance

“Life is like riding a bicycle.

To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

~Albert Einstein


Not to worry, Albert…I’m moving:

To work, to home, to the grocery store, to visit mom, to church, to yoga and the gym, and various other locations.

And balancing:

Work, home, shopping; work, home, mom; work, home, church; work, home, gym; work, home, paying bills; work, home, feeding cats; work, home, cooking and laundry; work, home, whatever.

But I’m not on my bike.

Just like life, I want to balance on the bike.

Not with one foot on the seat, but with two feet on the pedals. Feeling the breeze and warm sun on my face. Traveling 20 miles through green, leafy trees, over crushed stone and smooth blacktop. Working up a sweat and not wearing long underwear and wool socks.

If spring comes early, I could be riding the orange Kona again in less than three months.

Up and down hills, straight as an arrow, or zig-zagging around obstacles.

No snow or cold.

Big-ass smile on my face.

Because life IS about balancing on a bike.


This post has been brought to you by Albert, Kermit and Kona. It has also been brought to you by Linda G. Hill’s “One-Liner Wednesday.” All you need to play along every week is an awesome one-liner and follow a few rules. Birds on a wire are not required, but make sure you link back today’s post to HERE so the rest of us #1linerweds peeps can read it.

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34 responses to Keeping Balance

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I don’t know how Kermit does it, Frank. I’m living dangerously when I take both hands off the handlebars…for 2 seconds.

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I’ll give you 100 bonus points for thinking about riding a bike, in Wisconsin, in January. But, Gibbs & Ziva want me to take 10 points away because you only mentioned “feeding cats” once in your balancing act.

    Spring is coming, there’ no stopping it, and I’m sure the orange bike is ready to go.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m taking 5 bonus points back from Gibbs for being a little jerk this morning. He and Ziva have now been fed and already settled in for their morning nap. I’ll be glad for spring this year…once I take Kona in for her annual tune-up. 🙂

      • Dan Antion says:

        Ha ha – OK, that’s your call. Once again, I am optimistic that I’ll be able to ride more. I am riding the trainer (almost) every day. Legs and butt are ready, it’s the shoulders that grumble. I might take it in to see if I can get different bars.

  2. Suze says:

    it took Albert Einstein and this post for me to finally know why I have so many problems riding a bike! I forget to keep moving…..lol

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    Amen to spring riding!!

    As we were slogging through fresh snow yesterday, I warned Helen that we would be riding this spring ASAP … and it can’t come soon enough! In the meantime, I spin on my bike on the indoor trainer in front of the TV. It is most unsatisfactory.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I think it’s awesome that you and Helen are still getting your bad selves out in the cold and snow to walk the trail. I’m still trying to fix my foot, so no walking. I agree that the indoor bike is not the same and I cannot handle the boredom for more than 20 minutes. It’s one of the reasons I’m longing for riding outdoors.

  4. I love it. Whenever I take my bike out for a ride, I usually announce to my family that “I’m off out to play on my bike!”

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It does seem like play, doesn’t it? Like a child on a swing or digging in the sandbox…same feeling of joy!

  5. loisajay says:

    This is the byline of a local restaurant–good food, great wine and big ass smiles, lots of smiles. Keep smiling, Mary.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Sounds like a fun restaurant, Lois. I’ll keep smiling through the rest of winter in anticipation of spring!

  6. Kermie!!! Sorry, just needed to do a little fangirling first.

    Okay, I admit that’s a downside to snow in winter. Admittedly, we can still go riding or running or whatever all year round. We just might get wet. Or sunburnt.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I love Kermit! He’s my hero!

      If I had the funds, I’d consider buying myself a fat tire bike and the cold weather accessories. That might be fun!

  7. M-R says:

    Keep reminding yourself of we Aussies, scorching away: you wouldn’t be riding that bike down here, either !
    Come to think of it, no point in thinking of us. [grin]

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Aww, M-R, I think of you and your fellow Aussies often. No, I wouldn’t be riding in your weather either. Too damn hot! We both need some temperate weather rather than these awful extremes, right?

  8. Donnalee says:

    As a tarot reader, I find this one of the paradoxes of two of pentacles, which are about earth–that it (life, project, bike, coffee cup to mouth, etc.) needs to be in motion or it won’t work at all, so when folks get that card with me, that is the advice they get from me. Thanks for the Einstein quote, which is so apt for that!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m not sure how anyone could be motionless with a coffee cup in hand, but that’s great advice for your clients. Motion keeps us healthy, happy and alive.

      • Donnalee says:

        It does, and I have gotten into the pitfall at times of thinking that staying still gives the best perspective. That only works sometimes–even the molecules are always moving!

  9. J-Dub says:

    When I see you list, eerily similar to my own, I just want to take a nap. Balancing is hard!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Joey. My cabin fever is arriving way too early. Do you think it has something to do with the cold weather we’ve been having?

      • joey says:

        Yes ma’am, I do. We’re having a sudden shock of warmth, are you getting any of that? I think you could cycle here tomorrow. Nearly 60 and hardly any snow left.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        It was in the 40’s today and drizzling. Getting foggy outside. We’re getting one more day of warmer weather, then the bottom drops out again.

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