The life lessons you're reminded of as you teach your child to ride their bike...
Use your brakes when you need to. There will be times you'll see when something arise ahead of you that you will have time to slowly come to a stop. There shall be other times you will need to slam on your breaks, coming to a direct halt, God willing, fast enough.
Constantly be aware of your surroundings. The path that you're on may quickly drop off or take a sharp turn that you were not expecting. As much as you need to have focus right where you are at, you're constantly moving forward no matter how fast or slow it may appear to you.
When you do fall off, get right back on. If you're discouraged, if you're scared, if you're feeling defeated, you still must get back on. But do not worry, although you will need to ride alone at times, I am still close behind you.
Wear your helmet. The times you chance it, will never be with the risk. Never leave your protective gear at home. It does you no good there.
Keep both hands on the handle bars. Have full control of your direction at all times. At all times. You are the captain of this ride. When you take one hand off of the bars, you're surely to lose balance.
When you get a flat tire, realize it happened for a reason. Learn why. Repair it. And then try to be on the lookout to keep that same setback from happening again.
Be ready to dig in your heels as you approach the hills and when you come to your descent, remember what it was that got you to the top: hard work, persistence, and never ending strength. Be proud.
When you falter, when you do lose control, use your legs to brace you. And when they give out and you fall further, remember the hands that caught your fall, will surely be strong enough to lift you back up.
Know that you are able to and will need to change gears. Be ready to shift gears and speeds and possibly direction, at a moment's notice.
Enjoy this ride you're on, but be ready for detours and roadblocks. Surprisingly enough, they may take you in a direction you never planned, but in the end may led you to greater heights that have some pretty incredible views. Don't rush off to your next destination without first enjoying the view right before you.
No matter how long of a time you are away from riding, you will never forget how to go. Simply hop back on, have confidence, and trust that your legs will remember their job to move your forward. It's never too late to try just one more time...
When you become tired and need to recharge, take a break. When you become frustrated, pause, reflect, and then begin again. Resting is necessary. It will keep you from the dangerous pits of burning out. Be mindful of when you need to use every last ounce of energy and when it is going to be beneficial to keep some of it in reserve.
Never look back. Never. Your tracks have already been laid and now you're focus is on the journey at hand. Remember, you're constantly moving forward.
When you've push passed your limits, do not focus on the riders beside you or ahead of you. Remember this is your individual race. Stay focused on your ride, not someone else's.
Though your path may be filled with uneven ground, with more stones and unforeseen pot holes then one would like, that is part of the journey. Those bumps make you appreciate the straight, smooth trails even more.
Always know your compass that leads you home. Never ride off farther than you you're able to find your way back.
And most importantly, always remember that despite Mommy letting go, I was still behind you the entire way. As much as I didn't want to let go of my grip, I knew that you were ready to ride on your own.
...but please know, my child, I was still there with you...the entire ride. Even when you couldn't see me, I still followed behind you; to celebrate your victories, to comfort your falls, and most importantly, to remind you even when it's hardest, to dust yourself off, get back up, and to ride on...
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