Time to Get Off the Big Wheels

(Originally published on Facebook on May 7, 2014)
The picture below is my child, wearing her ladybug wings, riding a Big Wheels that is way too small for her. She tried riding her new big girl bike a few times but got very frustrated with the brake pedal. She’d finally get herself going when she’d pedal incorrectly and be thrown to a jerky stop. I get it. Her beloved Big Wheels that she has affectionately named Scarlet is safe, familiar, and low to the ground. This new bike, which has not yet earned a name, is new, scary, and more challenging. It’s going to hurt a lot more if she falls.

I realize that I am guilty of doing the same in my own life more times than I’d like to admit. I stay where I feel safe, secure, and rooted. Even if I’ve outgrown the situation. Even when I know something bigger and better is waiting for me. Even if I am ever brave enough to try something once or twice, I sometimes still walk away from the challenge and go back to my familiar Scarlet because the fear of not being perfect the first time overtakes me.

Yet, I remember very well those times that I just went for it. That I refused to give into my fear and just kept trying and pedaling until I either started flying or I crashed and burned and ended up with a scraped up knee. Either way, those were the best rides of my life.

Time to get off the Big Wheels and just go for it.

Photo: This is my child, wearing her ladybug wings, riding a Big Wheels that is way too small for her. She tried riding her new big girl bike a few times but got very frustrated with the brake pedal. She'd finally get herself going when she'd pedal incorrectly and be thrown to a jerky stop. I get it. Her beloved Big Wheels that she has affectionately named Scarlet is safe, familiar, and low to the ground. This new bike, which has not yet earned a name, is new, scary, and more challenging. It's going to hurt a lot more if she falls. 

I realize that I am guilty of doing the same in my own life more times than I'd like to admit. I stay where I feel safe, secure, and rooted. Even if I've outgrown the situation. Even when I know something bigger and better is waiting for me. Even if I am ever brave enough to try something once or twice, I sometimes still walk away from the challenge and go back to my familiar Scarlet because the fear of not being perfect the first time overtakes me.

 Yet, I remember very well those times that I just went for it. That I refused to give into my fear and just kept trying and pedaling until I either started flying or I crashed and burned and ended up with a scraped up knee. Either way, those were the best rides of my life.

Time to get off the Big Wheels and just go for it.
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