I love laying under trees looking up at the sky
Wow, I thought to myself, this view is spectacular. The hillside is a vibrant spring green sprinkled with the beginnings of the purple wildflowers and it plunges dramatically into a deep twisty ravine. What was most surprising about the view wasn't the super vivid colors or the dramatic landscape, what was most surprising to me was that this is the first time I had seen this view. That would make sense if I was on a trail for the first time, but this was my go to trail. The trail I had been mountain biking more than any other since I had decided to become a mountain biker. So how was it in all these years and times on this trail I had never seen this magnificent view? As I kept admiring it my wheels continued to roll and when I could no longer see the view before me because I was back amongst trees I realized how I had missed the view the dozens of times I had been here before. In the past when I was riding down this particular hill I had a myopic view of the ruts, drops and loose rocks directly in front of me and my white knuckle grip on the bars. There actually had been times when the scenery before me had terrified me so much that I had gotten off and walked down the hill. Yes, I had progressed to the point that I could casually ride down this section of the trail and not just make it down, but be able to enjoy the view. Made me realize that no matter how hard something seems to us at the time, we can work through it and if we allow ourselves growth our point of view can change. Look beyond the white knuckled grip on the bar, stop trying to control everything in front of you and look at things from a different point of view while you enjoy the ride.
Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie with Raspberries
(thank you Heidi for supplying me with yummy treats!)