Robert Hruzek at Middle Zone Musings tossed out a writing challenge for this month's "What I Learned From..." series. He's decided to change the world! Read about it here.
What are you waiting for? What am I waiting for?
Change anyplace and anytime is a slow process, it starts like any journey...with a first step. It begins with a single decision by a single person. Any change, planned or random, involves a few key elements among them questions, fear and risk. The statement - I'm going to change the world - evokes these feelings in monstrous proportion. At the same time - if you don't do something different, you keep doing the same thing. And how you gonna change the world THAT way ?
A decision - and a change - I made this year was to spend more time "in the saddle". I love riding my bike - her name is Stella Blue. Up until this spring, I'd been mostly riding on weekends. A way to ride more is cycling to and from work. Its a 30 mile round trip. Will I be late? Plan ahead. Will I be tired? Eat better, rest more. What if I get a flat tire? You gotta figure out how to change a flat someday :)
Here is the statistical breakdown of what I've saved:
- Driving alone miles reduced this year: 1,875.0
- Trips Reduced this Year: 125
- Carbon Monoxide(CO) Reduced this Year: 103 pounds
- Savings by not driving alone this Year: $1,068.75 * (some AAA study)
Here is what I've learned from this small change:
- It adds about an hour to my travel time. There are still 24 hours in the day.
- Its a more relaxing trip home in the open air than in the car. I dislike traffic these days.
- Its a good idea to carry rain gear.
- More deep breaths, in turn more oxygen, improves blood flow and better health.
- Cycling positively affects others. I've gained and deepened friendships through daily and weekend rides. Conversation flows freely and laughter abounds.
Here is what I've learned about change:
- Questions are part of living.
- Risk and fear never go away.
- A step in any direction starts the change.
- The world won't wait for being changed. We might about as well be part of it.
Tell me about that change you make today -