I was out on my bike last Sunday doing my usual weekend 25 or 30km tour of Copenhagen and attempting to convince myself that I’m fit. There always seems to be an optimal point on these rides when my brain churns out a bonanza of blog ideas – that I then have to fight to remember until I get home!
These ideas start to spring up after at least 5km, when my legs and lungs have warmed up (and I’ve gotten past the ‘why the heck am I putting myself through this again’ in my head), and it’s always before the last 5km, when all I can think about is getting off the darn bike. On this particular trip I cycled past the looming monolith, otherwise known as Copenhagen’s largest hospital. It towers next to the city centre, with its heli-pad sitting like a huge trampoline on the top of the main building.
Seeing the hospital reminded me that this time last year it was our second home, as my step-daughter was admitted for a couple of stretches, the longest being around 5 weeks. I could almost smell that special antiseptic waft of the ward, see the room where she spent most of her stay and hear the buzzers that each room used to call for a nurse, that seemed to be ringing constantly. But what I really remember is that stuffy, stagnant environment; it was as if the air in that place never moved.
Thinking back to that time made me appreciate just how amazingly special it was to have the freedom to cycle around our beautiful city, breathing the crisp, clear, fresh air coming off the sea, feeling the breeze in my hair, the sun on my face, relaxed and enjoying life.
Life is not about what happens to us, rather it’s about how we perceive, frame and react to what happens to us. As Anthony Robbins says so succinctly…. “It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.” Finding value in everything you do is up to you. Taking responsibility for your life and your behaviour is up to you. Taking action and getting out there is up to you. Achieving your dreams is up to you.
How many of us have postponed being happy until we have a new job, a boyfriend, lose weight, buy a new car, get promoted or finish our training… But ALL you ever have is the present. We can spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future, or even wishing our lives away until that next whatever, that we forget the present. There is no past and there is no future. In reality there is only the here and the now. What you think, how you feel and the way you behave are all something only you can control.
So get out there and live in the now. Just suppose you could be happy, energetic, fulfilled, or whatever it is you wish, right now!
“You are today where the thoughts of yesterday have brought you and you will be tomorrow where the thoughts of today take you.” Blaise Pascal
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- More than A Breath of Fresh Air (postcardsfromapilgrim.wordpress.com)
- Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes (fredzimny.wordpress.com)