I taped my broken toes and squished them into a cycling cleat yesterday. I couldn’t stand it any more – the weather was amazing and I had to get on my bike. I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but I took the risk because I miss the ride.
I hobbled over to the shed quietly, hoping that I wouldn’t run into any of my neighbours. I knew that if they caught me sneaking out on my bike, I would have gotten a big lecture about “Don’t be silly, Diane…you foot is not ready for cycling” and they might have been right…
…but I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try.
The easiest way to be creative? Try something different, even if you don’t think it will work. Sometimes, all it just takes is a slight shift from the norm and less analysis. I loosened the top part of my left cleat and gingerly rested my foot on the pedal but didn’t clip in. I compensated by pushing harder with my right foot that was clipped into the pedal. It was a rather unconventional way to create energy but hey, it worked and I went for an exhilarating and much needed bike ride. The longer I stayed on my bike, the more comfortable my pedalling became – it just took some time to figure out how to do things differently and the result was that I was able to do far more than I originally thought I could do.
Some people might call that crazy – I call it a calculated risk.
Life is a whole lot more exciting when you go for it.