Biking is one of my favorite pastimes next to playing tennis. I would bike to the ends of the earth if I could but only if the path was flat.
We aim to choose the “path of least resistance” so we have to do as little work as possible.
I decided to stop being lazy and start taking routes that had a little bit more challenge. I started off making it halfway up the hill. Eventually I made it up the hills without stopping. Now I look back at the hill and say “piece of cake” and bring on the next hill. I felt a higher sense of accomplishment compared to when I took the flat easy paths. Now I feel like I can ride anywhere regardless of the nature of the path.
Anything thing that is worth doing is worth the effort.
Anything worth having is worth fighting for.
On reflecting on the many phases of my life I see that at times I’ve chosen the “paths of most resistance“. The reasoning whether conscious or subconscious is a greater sense of achievement after reaching my goals. Perhaps I felt the need to be more challenged? Maybe my choices were ill-informed? Maybe I was over confident?Maybe i just have really high standards and tolerance for certain things?
However, as I grow older, the path of least resistance is not such a bad thing. It makes things, well, easier and opens up the opportunity to move on and get more done.
I’ve realized that I don’t always have to take the heroic route and increase my stress level just to feel more accomplished. The paths we choose can vary and require much thought based on our objectives.
There really is no wrong or right way to achieve what we venture to. We have to tailor everything to our own personalities and capabilities. It does not matter what we choose so long as we approach everything with a sense of passion and purpose.
We maintain a positive outlook on life then we approach every challenge as just one more river to cross… We just need to figure out the best way to get to the other side.
Which path will you choose?
Sleep and Dream
My restless soul
Leaves its enclosure
Free from shackles
Has Had enough pain
Wars and terror
Tired of being scared
Of bad decisions
At night when all is calm
floats in the ether
in the stillness
Finds peace in silence
Sad that I awaken
Folds it’s wings
Returns to my body