I have not biked to work in 2010. I cannot take the cold, the sudden ice patch, the clumsiness of pedaling in many layers of wraps.
But with what consequence? I use the buses, I walk, I freeze in other ways.
And this makes me think, as I stumble along through this incredible semester of work and then more work, that perhaps I should not shy away from the really difficult. Perhaps in reaching for the (even more) ridiculously impossible, I’ll actually find that I have improved my days. Perhaps.
With that in mind, I’m packing my bags and leaving for St Paul this Friday. To see a friend who faces some tough times at the moment. If you had asked me last week if I could do this, I would have said – no. School work, shop work, the cold – no.
My new thinking is – maybe in some ways I need to gain perspective. Maybe work has to be placed in the context of life. And maybe life needs to take on the challenge of a very cold and very slippery winter.