Off on a new adventure! It took me an hour just to find a working bike rental system. It only gave me 30 seconds to remove it from its automated lock and it was stuck. It took me three tries to unlock the rented city bike with a basket.
After figuring out how to free the wheels, off I was down the Rabbit Trail. What a beautiful and freeing feeling to ride with the breeze flowing in my face and not being strapped down to obligations at the moment. It was quiet and the trees and flowers were coming to life from their dormancy of Winter.
Amongst the new green grass, budding trees and blooming flowers were colors of purple, pink, yellow and white. The sounds of the river rapids next to the trail were calming and lightened my spirit.
As clunky as that bike was, it sure put a smile on my face to bust through the fear of being a little woman going somewhere unknown, alone and unprotected. While it may seem like a simple experience to many people, stories of kidnapping and people going missing had been close to home for me and thoughts of not being so lucky next time raced through my head. However, if we live in fear we are not living. While we must take precautions it is exciting to discover a new path.
Nature was awakening. The birds and sounds of Spring made me no longer feel so alone. They replaced the noises in my head. My gut was feeling safe so I decided to listen to the truer voice. The voice of reason.
Sometimes we lack the courage of trying new things for fear of the unknown. However once we do discover there is nothing to fear, that freedom renews our energy and confidence and brings a new life to us much like nature comes alive in Spring. When was the last time you were held back by unnecessary fear? If you listen closely to your gut, you can sense the difference between moments where you need to use precaution and other moments where you need to shut off the negative voice and go for it. Next time, have the courage to listen closely.
Lion Statue taken near Reedy River Falls in Greenville, South Carolina 2019