I was teaching my kids how to ride a bicycle. In his first attempt, he struggled to balance and fell as he could not ride without assistance, but in the days to come, he had successfully ridden the bicycle without assistance. That is a big step for small kids. The advancement of the car with the transformation from the Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) to the electric engine, from the manual to auto transmission, to the archaic 4 to 5-speed to now 10-speed gears in the modern cars, from manual to semi-autonomous control, from human driving to the least successful autonomous driving, it is an indisputable fact that the bicycle still has long-lasting memories in the mind of car lovers.
The bicycle is the first transportation that took us from point A to B during childhood and adolescence before we advanced using the motor-powered two-wheeler motorcycle or four-wheeler car. For everyone who has used the bicycle, it can elicit a lot of nostalgia which can cover everything from the school days, making friends, going to tuition centres, racing, using it to Pasar Malam and much more. The bicycle indirectly is the transport that taught how life would be but in the wave of various challenges we experienced during our transition from adolescence to adulthood, we tend to forget what we can learn numerous things from our long-lasting memories of riding the bicycle.
The first step to riding a bicycle is not easy as we may fall and need assistance before we can do it without help. Life also provides a similar challenge: when we encounter some bad experience for the first time, we may crumble, and we need assistance from those who are more experienced. Nevertheless, the person can’t be with us in every situation; hence we need to learn how to survive the emotional crush on our own. The crumbling and struggling will be vanished and be forgotten when encountering a success. The best aphorism for these successes is 99 failure and 1% success, which was quoted by Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda Motors.
After getting used to bicycles and travelling with ease to our destination without any assistance, they will be a time when we fall from the bicycle and get injured. Those who have been injured by falling down from the bicycle will have scars on the knee, toe, or hand. It can remind them of the moment and the situation that led them to fall from the bicycle. Despite that, the excruciating pain we feel may have hurt ourselves and our parents, but after the pain has vanished, we will be eager to ride the bicycle again. The fear of falling will lead us to be more cautious, and we may somehow eliminate the fear of cycling and overcome the fear of falling. This thrill ride does not miraculously happen to us during adulthood, as any fall that we experience in life will be embedded in us as a fear that we can have a hard time overcoming. However, when we fall from a bicycle and get some excruciating pain from our skin being torn down by the tar road, we somehow manage to overcome it and will be eager to go again.
Many successful people can be courageous despite fear. We may have lost during our adult time; however, during our childhood and adolescence, we somehow were spirited to cycle despite our falls and many scars. One factor for the pathway to success is being courageous. We somehow had it during childhood and adolescence, while in adulthood, after numerous waves of the challenge, we may crumble and not have some courage as we experienced during our childhood and youth.
After experiencing many falls from the bicycle and remembering the time we started with a stumbling block on riding it before we begin to ride it successfully, we may experience an unfortunate situation of someone stealing our cycle. We can feel hurt and sad emotionally as we feel the bicycle had been our best friend who had been with us in every situation. In life, we also can have a situation where we lose someone. We feel sad and emotionally burdened to overcome; some individuals may have successfully overcome the sadness, while some may have crumbled and pushed into a black hole. The tragic stories of Brazillian footballer Adriano can be an example. He was on the verge of greatness before the news of his father’s demise had seen him deteriorate and lose himself altogether.
When we lose the bicycle, we also can feel as if we have lost something attached to us. We may be unable to take it as it was our childhood experience and friends; however, we can overcome it, but somehow during our adulthood, we may have crumbled to overcome something that we had lost.
The bicycle and how we ride and the experience we gained from it may have provided us with a foundation of success indirectly, but in the middle of many challenges, we failed to recognise these memories of fall, loss and crumbling started. Childhood memories do not give us many foundations for success indirectly, but we somehow fail to revive childhood memories of our experience with the bicycle as an inspiration. The experience with a bicycle can serve as the foundation for our ability to overcome our terrible starts, be courageous despite numerous falls, and overcome the emotional burden of losing someone or something.
Riding a bicycle provides us numerous classic nostalgia but can also revive our lost confidence and courage during our childhood time with the bicycle.