|Once you begin how can you stop: view from the bicyle commute, Tuesday evening, September 27, 2011|
Something about forming a new, positive habit. Try something new. Example: ride your bike to work on Fridays. Dress down, take your time, relax, just one day a week. Hey that turns out to be pretty cool, maybe I'll try a couple more days a week, then why would I ever drive my car, pretty soon it sits for days and days undriven. Oh for more undriven cars. more undriven days. Oh for more adherents to the crazy radical thought that sometimes riding a bicycle is better. Sometimes. Oftentimes. Sometimes a car is useful. But there are alternatives and choices. Every commute every day is a choice. It may not seem like it but it is so. Choose to pedal yourself to work on 30 pounds of steel and aluminum. Or, chose to drive yourself in two tons of steel. It's a decision. Can you walk? Can you ride? It is so easy. Tell yourself. It is so easy. Start on a Friday. Do it again the next Friday. Once you begin how can you stop. Once you feel the spin of your legs, the cool morning air, the warmth of the sunshine and see life closer up, you can't stop. You're forming a new positive habit. One more undriven car. One more undriven day. Save the car for when you need it. Which will be less and less. Cars are useful. So is your heart. So is losing weight and toning your muscles and balancing your mind and controlling your stress. Try something new. Ride your bike to work. Start on an easy Friday. And then never stop.