Loving Myself

Cari Kerby - Philadelphia, PA

Loving Myself

Biking began as a means to save my sanity and my finances...I needed a cheap and fast way to get to work.  I needed a way to deal with my personal and school stress.  I was using an old mountain bike and hated it; it didn't fit what I wanted.  I truly fell in love with bikes when I built my first one.  It was a beautiful candy red Puch frame.  I went everywhere on it, I rode it to dates, to work, to parties, to just enjoy the night air in the city of Philadelphia.  My Puch helped me fall in love with Philly, and with myself.  Enjoying my own company on those long rides, enjoying how I felt after a good day of riding.  Planning healthy meals to keep me riding and active.  When it was stolen, I was heartbroken and angry.  Why didn't I lock it up better? How could I love it so much and treat it so poorly? It was a mirror of how I was treating myself.  Now, I ride an old, reliable, cheap beater --still bright red.  I have to be more patient with it, and with myself.  Bikes taught me that patience with yourself is key to loving yourself.  Just as I have to maintain my bike so it keeps me riding, I have to maintain my relationship with myself and do those little tune-ups to keep me going.  Sometimes, despite your regular efforts, there is a big fall or accident: something unexpected always happens.  But, you have to get back on and keep riding!

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