Yesterday I posted a letter in the features column from a reader along with a response from Joe Rich.In the post the two discuss losing and searching for inspiration. I think that this letter and Joe’s reply probably talked to a lot of people in the BMX community.
I know that when I first moved to California it was a struggle to get on my bike. There were a variety of reasons that I didn’t feel driven to ride. The stress of a new job, living in a new city, etc. I think that the biggest reason that I didn’t have a driving desire to ride my bike was because for the first time in over seven years I was away from my riding buddies. Its hard being away from a group that was so close and shared so many good times together. So despite how much I tried to overcome the things that were inhibiting me from enjoying riding I still could not find the inspiration.
Then about a month and a half ago I had an episode of clumsiness and messed up my knee. The worst part of it, well other than the fact that I messed up my knee, is that I wasn’t even riding. So now it has been over a month and all of a sudden I am going nuts not being able to ride, but before I hurt my knee I didn’t care at all.
I guess that this all falls under the “You don’t know what you got till it’s gone” category. Editors side note: this is also the title of a Cinderella song. Cool, huh? I feel the need to ride my bike just like I used to but now I can’t. As the day that I was last on my bike slips further and further into the past I become more and more antsy and probably a little more irritable every day as well.
I don’t know why it had to happen like this but I kind of feel like fate pre-determined my injury so that I would once again have the desire to ride my bike. Now I can’t wait to get back on my bike again and I am pretty sure that I will soon. Whether my knee is ready for it or not.