Salvation – preservation or deliverance from…
synonyms: lifeline, preservation, conservation
I can’t think of a more apropos word to express how riding a bike impacts me and my life. Riding is joy, of course. Riding is health. Riding is nature and beauty and peace. But, it’s so much more than this, too. Riding is my salvation. It affords me the much-needed opportunity to outride all the fears that routinely plague me. What do I fear? I fear the fate of our planet. I fear the fate of civilization. I fear for my children and yours, and worry what lies ahead of them with respect to food, water, and economic security. I fear for my fellow countrymen of all genders, races and creeds. I fear hatred and intolerance are becoming stronger than the power of love, and I worry how this may potentially impact my diverse family and perhaps most importantly my precious son who inherently struggles with acceptance because he’s different than his peers physically, developmentally and emotionally. These are the fears that chase and catch me in my quiet moments. But on the bike I’m stronger and faster than they are. When I ride, I outride my fears. Always. Riding is my salvation.
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