I tried my legs on Peloton for the first time, which helped me burn more than 1000 calories today. Cycling was and will always be my favorite thing to do. And I can’t just forget all those memories I have, associated with cycling.
From trying to race with other kids and with every other vehicle running on India’s streets to getting my friend’s bicycle stolen in the US, the memories are plenty. But, there is one particular memory that I will never forget. I was around 10 when I got my first bicycle. It came with two support wheels on each side to help maintain the balance. I was so happy, and I remember having so much fun. But after three weeks, I asked my dad to remove those supporting wheels as I didn’t want to feel very childish and instead wanted to ride my bicycle like a pro. I thought I was ready for it. My dad, after being asked, again and again, finally removed the support wheels. And then come one of the biggest lessons of my life.
I was having such a hard time maintaining the balance after removing those support wheels. So, I asked my dad to help me by giving some support to the bicycle from the back. He did hold it for me and walked a few steps along the way while riding the bike slowly. And that’s when he let go. He suddenly took his hands off the bike to make me handle it by myself. It resulted in me falling on the floor, and my knee started bleeding. And, since my dad initially was against removing the support wheels, instead of holding me up, this is what he said, “Keep falling like this and keep getting up and keep pedaling until you stop falling and then you won’t stop pedaling anyway.”
That was one of the best lessons my dad has ever taught me. One must keep trying to do new things, learn new things, implementing new things. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall; you just have to keep on getting up and keep trying. Because as my dad said, you will learn to pedal and stop to drop, riding the bicycle after that will be beautiful, and indeed it was.