Cycling to work whenever possible (which essentially means any day it’s not torrential rain), reminds me to blaze my own trail in other areas in my life.
I know that my bike only goes about 30mph on the fastest downhill on the way home, and over the whole journey I average around 13mph.
This means I can’t and don’t try to compete with motor vehicles for speed, instead puttering along at my own pace, enjoying the scenery, the fresh air in my lungs, and the wind on my face.
Sometimes it does rain, and the combined spray from the road and droplets from the sky refresh my face in a way that can’t happen when I’m in a car. It’s exhilarating.
I get to enjoy the scent of freshly cut wood as I pass the local timber yard, something I never do in a car as I pass by too fast.
On colder days I layer up and wear gloves, and try to find that happy medium between going fast enough to keep warm, but not so fast the icy wind makes my cheeks numb, and my eyes water so I cannot see.
It’s all part of the experience, doing it my way, a less conventional way than the dozens of other commuters in cars that pass me along the way.
(Before I pass many of them again in town when they’re waiting at junctions and traffic lights.)
The cycling reminds me to photograph my own way too.
It reminds me to continue to find the music I enjoy, and whilst I’m a sucker for a killer pop tune, most of my adult life I’ve sought out far more offbeat backstreets of the music spectrum.
And it reminds me to keep doing my own thing in my own tiny corner online too.
So I continue to ignore the mainstream InstaTwitFace social media circus, and slowly, steadily, furrow my own field here with my 35hunter journal, with friends like you for company.
We each have to carve our own path, to find what lights us up and calms as down, and helps us feel purpose and make meaning in our lives.
And as I’ve described here, once you do it with one area, it helps you to encourage and build other areas of your life too.
How do you blaze, meander or putter your own trail, with photography or indeed anything else in your life?
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