On Monday I told my mom I was going for a bike ride. The first one, since I was a kid. I told her, I was nervous. She said, “You should be. I remember how wobbly you were.” She spoke of a time she watched me ride a bike around her driveway, as an adult. Apparently at one point between being 17 and 47 my mother witnessed my bicycle skills? I have no memory of this incident. All I know is, her words did not help my confidence. In fact it made me rethink my plan of bike riding. However, I had already decided this was THE day to conquer my fear!
Between mapping out future rides, researching information about bike paths, I have been analyzing my fear that lasted 30 years. Why we as I so frightened? I never had a bad experience. I realized my fear was based 100% on what people told me. Not just my mother’s memory of my lack of balance. I also knew my sister fell off her bike and chipped her tooth. Being told over and over to wear a helmet makes the activity sound treacherous!
I’m proud of myself for busting this myth. Bike riding isn’t scary! It’s wonderful! What myth/ lie have you been told that holds you back? Is there something you don’t do because you don’t think you can? Ask yourself, “Is it true?” Also, be cautious of what you say to others. Words and beliefs are powerful!