Riding a bicycle with my child brings out the mama bear in me. I love that Puma wants to be active, and that she is motivated to ride the three-mile round trip to go to neighborhood market. On my own, it would not be something I would even consider!
She likes to go in the morning when people are going to work and taking children to school. Realistically, morning rides make the most sense in our desert climate. But still!! There are enough cars on the road to make me nervous. It’s interesting that the desire to honor healthy habits in our children makes me a little more brave.
I didn’t think twice about riding on the line of the bike lane, making people move around me in order to protect my child. And then it hit me – oh my gosh!! Maybe that’s why those annoying bikers ride the line: they are just claiming a little more space on the road.
Now I was one of “those annoying riders”, and I was not planning on moving over. I am kind of sorry that it took living the experience to understand why people might do what they do.
It was a good lesson on living with more compassion. I have no idea why people who ride bicycles seem to take up so much of the bike lane, or maybe take over parts of the road. Next time, instead of rolling my eyes, I’ll slow down a little, give them space, and say a little prayer for their safety.
It’s also a good reminder that I can extend compassion into all areas of interacting with others. We never know what is going on behind the scenes of their facade, so instead of judging or commenting, deep breaths are the order of the day.