This state of mind as been my mantra for years now. As I work hard in my career in growing my skills and knowledge, I’ve also encounter alot of stress in my life. Cycling seemed to be my stress reliever in my life and if done right, provides that clarity state of mind that I can think freely and enjoy the “moment” of just….riding a bike and enjoying the simpleness of it all. By throwing out the next Strava segment search and being not concerned whether my SRAM RED, Carbon fiber bike is the lightest and best tuned machine in the bike group, Clarity is suddenly simplified thinking.
The other day while riding, a thunderhead was building while the sun was setting, its red light reflecting off the clouds paint the mountains with iridescent pink glow. The wind in my face was warm and my pedal strokes seemed effortless. It was a moment of simple thinking and enjoying just being so alive and happy. No stress, no thoughts about work, no thoughts on the next hard effort, just…Clarity.
My moment reminded me of the scene in Forest Gump where Forest had a profound clarity moments to see beautiful things around and described them to Jenny.
Jenny Curran: Were you scared in Vietnam?
Forrest Gump: Yes. Well, I-I don’t know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out… and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water… like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It’s so beautiful.
Jenny Curran: I wish I could’ve been there with you.
Forrest Gump: You were.
So put it all away, go ride a bike and enjoy the clarity of mind – pure and simple.