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Just Like Riding a Bike

financialliteracy moneybasics Jun 21, 2022

Can you relate to the saying “it’s just like riding a bike”?

It’s something I heard a lot growing up, but never understood. The idea of muscle memory enabling me to just do something I’d learned years earlier without really thinking about it, wasn’t relatable for me.

You see, I never learned to ride a bicycle as a kid. I had a cute little Strawberry Shortcake bike with training wheels when I was 4 years old. After one bad fall my father threw the bike away in anger. That was the end of my childhood bicycling education.

Later in life it felt like I’d missed out on some “right of passage” and as a result that saying never made sense to me.

I ended up learning to ride when I was 34 years old. Not an easy task! It took me years (and a few falls, including one really bad fall) to really gain confidence, and now cycling is one of my favorite outdoor activities - I cycle to the bakery, supermarket, and just for exercise/fun.

Persistence is key!

What it taught me though was if you want something badly enough, you WILL make it happen.

Learning to ride a bike also taught me that you get what you focus on, even if it isn’t what you want (like hitting the pole you’re trying not to hit)!

I could keep going with the analogies but suffice to say, YOU are in control of your mind and destiny. If something isn’t working in your life - be it relationships, work or money, it’s never too late to do something about it.

Figure out what’s important to you (keep that front of mind), work on figuring out the problem, and then focus on what you DO want, rather than what you DON’T want. If you get what you focus on, wouldn’t it make your life so much happier to get the things you want???