I have had a lot of time to think in recent weeks. Time to rethink my priorities. Time to examine what is really important to me.
Cycling has been an integral part of my life for 50 years. I hate to admit it, but it’s been a long time. I’m fortunate to be able to continue cycling during these times of self isolation. Otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do. I’m encouraged to see that bicycle repair shops are deemed an essential service as more and more people are choosing to bike rather than take public transit, or jump into their cars. This is a good thing, and gives me hope for a cleaner, healthier future.
This corner of my den (pictured above) used to be a clothes closet. Today it houses one of my bikes, cycling shoes, jackets, other cycle clothing, and a soft case bike travel bag. I used to think of this as an inconvenience. I was running out of room in the house, and I wanted to keep my bikes safe. Now, I think of them as wall art, something I can’t do without, something I want to enjoy even when I’m not riding.
I don’t enjoy food shopping any longer. I used to shop every day, but I don’t trust the social distancing measures in my local stores. Every time I go someone disregards the 2 metre advice.
As a consequence, I’ve started rationing. It’s really not an inconvenience. For example, I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast. Over the years, I’ve developed a recipe that I really enjoy that includes oatmeal, water, frozen berries, a whole banana, a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, chia and flax seeds. Well, I’ve started to prepare it differently so that I shop less frequently. I’ve eliminated the banana. They ripened too quickly. I use a teaspoon, not a tablespoon, of peanut butter, and fewer berries. It is still delicious, but I don’t need to shop as often.
This is a small change but makes the point. I can reduce my trips to the grocery story by simply adjusting my recipes. So, in addition to turning a spare bedroom into a home gym, I am also eating less. That’s a good thing 😂 Right?
What adjustments have you made?