Nick and I spent 4 days in the Methow last weekend exploring the trails on two wheels with our friends Dale, Ed and Jennifer. I’m not a natural mountain biker by any means. It’s a sport I have to work at … *really* work at … to avoid being a total klutz. Even after all that effort, I still have loads of room for improvement.
Some of the best life lessons come from doing the hard stuff, though. Here are some of the things mountain biking is teaching me:
17. Ups are followed by downs.
16. Sometimes the best way past an obstacle is straight through it.
15. Boldness pays.
14. The hardest parts are also the loneliest.
12. Balance is first among the virtues; momentum is second.
11. Success requires confidence, but cockiness invites failure.
10. Some people are lucky at some times; nobody gets lucky every time.
9. It’s all about the being and the going, not the having and the arriving.
7. The thing that nails you is the one you don’t see coming.
6. It’s worth stopping for a breather to see where you are.
4. Fun starts when you push your limits.
3. You can get hurt, heal, and try again.
2. Practice makes you better.
1. No quitting allowed.