I think that I would like to retrieve my 12-speed touring bicycle that my ex-wife borrowed some ten or eleven years ago. I would like to ride it again, perhaps to every one of the fifty states of the U.S. of A.; perhaps around the world. I would like...
What I would like to do just isn't feasible any more. Even to ride my 12-speed touring bike would be difficult: how would I care the bottled oxygen?
A couple of years before his death in 1987, Joseph Campbell, the famous mythologist whose philosophy of life has been summarized by his phrase follow your bliss, responded to a question regarding what he had learned from a lifetime of studying myths from around the world, by saying that change is inevitable. Everything, including us humans, experiences atrophy in one form or another. Wasting away, deterioration, diminution is part of the life cycle.
I accept that. There are many things that I once did that I can no longer do. However, that does not me that I should simply stop doing, stop being, or give up on my dreams. I may not be able to ride my 12-speed touring bicycle even up the block, but the with the help of Jo, my physical therapist, I can no again ride my Schwinn® Airdyne® Exercise Bike!
I may not be able to ride my 12-speed touring bicycle to explore exotic places and meet neat people, but my body can again benefit from the riding the Airdyne and I can explore exotic places and meet neat people on the Internet.
Jo, my physical therapist
Riding my Schwinn® Airdyne® Exercise Bike
May stability & peace return to Honduras