Focussing can be a pretty hard thing to do. It means grasping all your energy and funneling it into this one thing you are trying to accomplish. A few days ago my sister and I were talking, and ultimately biking came up. About five years ago our family would bike all the time. I mean on weekends, to school, after school, and so on. Nitha was in second grade and she was insanely afraid of biking on the road. She had no intention of biking on the street, EVER. Well, eventually my dad convinced her to actually give it a try. The whole way biking home she was terrified. According to the conversation we had, every time a car would pass by her she would immediately close her eyes and reluctantly reopen them. Meanwhile, my eyes opened so wide they could of just fallen right out of my head.
As she confessed this habit to me, I leaned in closer to her and said, “ARE YOU CRAZY!? Do you even know how dangerous that is? You could have gotten seriously hurt!”
Knowing Nitha her response was ridiculous yet normal, for me. She just laughed as if she was making the whole thing up, but I could tell by the expression on her face that it was no joke.
When biking or even completing a normal task, it is crucial to have focus. It helps you get it done quickly with the best quality. And don’t forget it keeps you safe. When biking, concentrate on what is ahead of you and the success will follow.
The biking trails in Acadia National Park are beautiful! Two years ago our family took a trip there in the summer. During the trip we picked a trail beside a marvelous lake which I wish I remembered the name of. You could see all the ducks in little groups and the kayakers skimming the edged of the lake. The whole lake was surrounded by trees which we could peer through during the ride. The reflection of the trees against the lake perplexed as if you knew what you were looking at yet you still couldn’t figure it out because of the mirror image. By the middle of the trail I was getting tired and thirsty just longing for the ice cream waiting back in the freezer of the RV.
As I made a turn I looked down at my tire for a second and suddenly… I wasn’t on my bike anymore. All I remembered was kind of seeing the trees above me as I fell, or “flipped through the air” as my dad recalled it. I landed on my back in this little ditch of moss and weird plants just missing a section of rocks. Phew! I wailed for about 45 seconds and then it didn't hurt as bad. My dad came running and this lady pushing a running stroller stopped as well.Thankfully, I was pretty much okay besides the pain in my lower back, but I felt good enough to finish the short bit of the trail that was left.
My focus was way off. Instead of paying attention to the road in front of me, I was more interested in the comparison of how fast it looked like I was going when looking at the floor versus when looking ahead. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see what it looked like ahead. :)
Just as it is really important to look forward when driving a car, even when you are tempted to send one last text, look forward when biking so you don’t fall and hurt yourself. Look forward when walking to school to prevent bumping into somebody and worse spilling your perfectly good hot chocolate on the person’s new shirt. You don’t want to be in any of those situations so in the words of the musical artist, Toby Mac, stay focused so you can “keep your eye on it.”
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Hannah Paulus is a young writer in the making. She hangs around until her mother tells her otherwise. And enjoys all kinds of pie. She wishes the United States were smaller so her family and friends in other states would be a bike ride away. She also cries during all sad movies and loves thunder. She has three younger servants a.k.a sisters and a bossy king and queen living in the same house as her a.k.a parents. One of them writes cool books and the other is going to bike across the country next summer, so YAY. That's me errybody. Bye✌️