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Path and Wisdom

Cycling is one of my many hobbies, which I pursue passionately. In a week, my cycling workout is around 70 kilometers. It has being 5 years since I took cycling as a serious activity than just a means of exercise. At home, I have several that complete my workout, while back at my university, I have another set of routes, which satisfies my hunger for a ride. One thing that I admit in all this is that it is quite a repetitive activity, and it can bore you, but there is another aspect to it.

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This is my current ride- R Bike from Schnell! 🙂

15 days ago, I was home. Back home, I used to complete my cycling workout in morning when the traffic is low and roads are empty. I had completed 3/4th of the path, and 1/4th remained. As you might have heard, cycling is an activity best carried out in a group. But even if you’re in a group you are by and large alone. It is an individual activity regardless of the fact you do it alone or in a group. That morning as I waited for the traffic light to turn green, I suddenly realized how alone I was, even though vehicles and bikes surrounded me. I was my own responsibility on the road, nobody was instructing me, following me. A chill ran down my spine, and I took more time to complete the remaining 1/4th path than I did to complete the 3/4th path. As I was down to only 2 kilometers from my home, my conscience suddenly made me realize that you can’t be too careful, you HAVE to be strong and you NEED TO concentrate on the road than on your mind. Reaching home, I had this moment of epiphany, that persistence and perseverance are 2 important aspects of cycling. You can’t get lost in your thoughts, and you can’t get discouraged by the miles you have to cover to reach your destination.Screenshot_20160228-154141-2

Cycling taught me persistence and perseverance

Another morning as I was cycling on a different route, I see other cyclists going from the opposite side of the road, some acknowledge me as a fellow cyclist, others are lost in their mind, OR ARE THEY? Are they lost in their world or are they like me too busy on the path? I suddenly realize cycling is not just pedaling up and down, but rather it is more enigmatic than that. It is about staying put on the path, you have chosen and completing it with determination and focus. Once you start doubting your path, the path will slow you down, it will make you less adventurous and more cautious, it will affect you on a psychological level. You will start considering the path a burden and become less curious and interested.

Back in the university, when I went on a short cycling trip with a group essentially I was all alone. Every guy of the group was alone, but on the path, we were all together. The path meant different things for us, but we were unified on the idea of conquering the path. The destination didn’t mean much, but the journey taught me many things.

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Make Amends and follow them!!

It has being a month since I have written a new article. There were several reasons for my absentia, well there were a lot of things that demanded priority over all other things, and I’m sorry for that, I’m sorry that I left you hanging, but now I’m back and here to stay. To talk in more sophisticated terms, I had made amends regarding some important things in my life, which I had to complete, and if I have really completed these things sincerely I will reap benefits from my hard work, it will steer my life in the right direction.

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 Well said!

Amends- this word has many meanings- one of them is make up for a past wrongdoing, to compensate for a wrong act, and there is yet another meaning to it too- changing priorities according to changing circumstances, and that’s what happened to me lately. I have a bucket list of to-do-things, in which I had reshuffle a few things, I had to take some things on a higher level while bring down other things to a lower level. I’m sure everybody must have experienced this at least once in their life. You have a hobby, which you pursue rigorously, but at certain situations we have to keep our hobbies in stasis, and focus on other important stuff, that demands our attention ASAP, in those times we act in ways, such that our hobbies receive a bit of setback. But that doesn’t mean we don’t care about our hobby, it just means that certain instances force us to do that, even against our own will.

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An Amazing quote indeed!!

The important thing to learn from such circumstances is that we need to precisely know when to take this action, when to change our priorities. Moreover, there is another important lesson that we learn from this, is it really possible to break our flow of things, and then again reinvent the same things in new ways? It helps us differentiate between hobbies that we love to do, and the things that we are compelled to do. The hobbies which we are compelled to do at the behest of someone, eventually stop because we are not passionate about them, but the hobbies that we are passionate about never EVER fade away, they remain as they are- unchanged, unbiased and timeless. It is important to get back to our passion as soon as the stressful period is over, so that we can again calm down, relax our mind and let off some pressure, which builds up as a result of such a situation.

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An awesome artwork of the quote of Mahatma Gandhi!

Remember the moment that defines you, is the time you set your objectives straight according to changing circumstances, and when you accomplish those objectives successfully!! 🙂

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