I know that it sounds crazy talking about how cycling those days have a “positive” impact on my life. I know that cycling makes me happy and I know that it cannot be for everyone, but I’m sure it could be a big change for many if only people would be ready to give it a go.
Why I’m saying this? Well, the other day I was looking at the pictures on my phone and I noticed that I have so many smiling selfies on it. There is plenty of pictures on my phone which portray my image without a mask. There are pictures of me going to work, cycling uphill with the sun, with the snow, in the fog, and so on.
My life has changed since last year, but I still have those moments of normality in my day, thanks to my bicycle. I don’t have to travel in a bus to go somewhere, I cycle everywhere, I go to work and back, I go shopping, I have my normality on the way where I don’t have to wear a mask I can breathe and feel like before, a normal person who can smile when someone else crosses his path.
Most of my colleague and friends are talking about this year as a violation of freedom, they are telling about many weekends spent on a couch because we have to stay home if don’t have a reason to go out. Restaurants are closed, we cannot visit new places, museums, go to the seaside or to a cinema. That is true, but luckily we can train, we can cycling and that had made a big difference. Whilst everyone was home, stressed out, waiting for the pandemic to pass, I was somewhere looking at the beauty of our territory, among hills and files, listening to births chirping, far from the risk of contagious, far from feeling stressed about the situation.
Freedom and happiness at every turn of the pedals, as soon as I let my bicycle slide, I enter a parallel world, made of wind in my face, colours, the sounds of peace. A sort of temporary limbo that at the end of each climb fills the soul with beauty. With a single glance, at the end of each climb, it reminds me why living and feeling alive is so beautiful.
Our cities are closing again with new restrictions facing the third wave of this pandemic that seems to have no end. The message is clear “resist” “stay strong”. Getting a little corner of happiness and normality, never like in this period is a duty. It is important to find a moment to feel alive and positive, to recharge our batteries, breathe clean air in nature, look far over the boundaries, imagine ourselves on a trip even though we are only 30km from home.
Can a bicycle makes our life happier, such a simple thing can really be so important in our daily life? Can a bicycle be a solution for new sustainable mobility, but also for a sustainable new lifestyle?
You got to think about it!