Without having a car I’ve learned I really enjoy riding a bicycle. I mean, I don't always enjoy it, but I do enjoy it in general. It gives me life and energy. Its taught me to be more comfortable with speed and the feeling of a lack of control while going down hills. I don't like that feeling. Thats the reason I sucked at trying to ski many years ago... but thats another story. Its also taught me to persevere up hills… or get off and walk those steeper ones. While riding a bicycle I’ve also seen how more connected to the environment I am. How I see and interact more. I can smile, wave, and say hi to those walking by, I see and feel the weather, the sweat on my back, the rain on my skin, the soreness in my legs, the life flowing through my body. Its slower paced then a car and nothing is blocking me from whats around me. Being in a car is quick, easy, and sterile. I still love cars and quick rides, but I also appreciate the details while riding a bike and walking.
Walking is even more slow paced and detail filled. It also requires me to plan ahead. It might only take a few minutes in a car, but it may take me 40 minutes to walk. And as I walk, I notice even more details especially when a sandal breaks on the way. Its a different experience to walk barefoot for 2 miles on cement, blacktop, grass, and pebbles. You notice which walking surfaces are actually clean and smooth and which have small pebbles and rocks. On a bike they both seem clean, but with bare feet you know the truth. You see where berries are squished and will stick to and dye your feet. You see how many ant trails run along the seams in the cement. You might not notice these as much on a bike and even less in a car. Riding my bike and walking is helping me go slow, see, and notice again.
Is there something slowing you down?
What have you seen as you slow down?
How can you intentionally slow down to notice details and see?