why I Ride

I was once asked, “Why do you ride?” 

      Having been taken off guard, I claimed it was because I enjoyed it and didn’t want to have to rely on my boyfriend (now husband) to take me; I could simply go for a ride whenever I wanted.  However, afterwards, when I had time to think about it, I realized that that was a very hollow answer and in no way expresses why I really ride. The main reason I ride is to conquer fear.  I sometimes tend to be like Charlie Brown in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” when Lucy asks him what he’s afraid of.  After a long list of phobias, Lucy asks Charlie if he’s afraid of everything. 
     “THAT’S IT!!” he cries.  Well, like Charlie Brown, sometimes I feel like I’m afraid of everything, and once that feeling starts, it’s like a downward spiral that is emotionally paralyzing.  My monkey mind thinks, “What if this happens?  Then that will happen, and then that and that . . . .”  It’s enough to make me want to crawl under the covers and never come out.  When I become afraid – and many times it’s the fear of riding itself – that’s when I most need to get on my two wheels. 
     By conquering that fear, I conquer other fears and the subsequent litany of “what if’s.” Riding makes me feel that I can live this wonderful life I’ve been given to its fullest, that there is no need for fear, that there is a plan for me, and that I’ve been given all the tools and spiritual help and guidance I need to fulfill it.

That’s why I ride.

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