What I would like to say, and for you to hear, is: Thank you.
|Tour de Fat|
Looking back, though, what I take away is far more than the sum of the discrete experiences. Instead, I’ve begun to learn some deeply important lessons that may take a lifetime of reinforcement to truly sink in:
- To keep your responsibilities from overwhelming you, focus on the small things that make up the bigger picture.
- Be persistent. Keep putting one (metaphorical) foot in front of the other even if it feels like you’re not getting anywhere.
- No matter how diligently-planned and meticulously organized an event or program is, things still won’t go the way you want. That’s not only OK, it’s normal and good. Accept that as success.
- Look at problems as opportunities instead of obstacles. Sometimes just changing how you think about a situation can change it from insurmountable to… well… surmountable.
- Every experience is a learning experience, and every experience you learn from is a success.
|Women on Wheels|
Of course, saying all that, I haven’t answered the natural question: What’s next? Although the future looks murky (and really, who can predict their future with any reliability?), I hope to continue my relationship with Bicycle Alliance, albeit in a slightly different capacity: as a bicycle education teacher for several of the big grants that the Bicycle Alliance received in the last few months. So although I won’t have the same 40-hour-a-week presence you’ve become accustomed to, November 18 marks a transition rather than an ending.
See you all out on the road. You'll know me by the reflective helmet streamers.