The trouble with having an outdoor-themed blog is that the subject-at-hand too often serves as a convenient distraction from writing.
Encouraged in part by the sheer joy of exercising and in part by the recent and unfortunate loss of my 30-day subway card, I have been cycling a lot lately.
When I stumbled across this article in my Twitter feed, the following line caught my eye:
"Bicycles will refuse to do anything for you, but [they] will gladly do anything with you."
Oh, how wonderfully true.
Bicycling eases feelings of stress. It inspires some of my most productive and creative days. It carries me through my city and to new places. It sparks conversation with complete strangers. It encourages confidence, health, and joy.
It's not the bicycle, though, that causes these things to happen. It is I. The bicycle is just along for the ride.