Therapy and nirvana!

Hanni Hernandez - Washington, DC

Therapy and nirvana!

I biked all the time in Germany when I was younger. It was the normal way of life without cars and I loved it. In the USA cars are the expected symbols of success and civility. My idea of civility and success is keeping in touch with the earth and nature. I got sick and housebound for most of 20+ years. My life was miserable... very, very miserable on a number of levels. When I lost my car I was lost as to what to do and how I was able to do my local shopping. I bought a second hand bike and discovered I could not ride at the time due to physical limitations. I bought a low step through bike and despite that advantage still couldn't pedal. I electrified my low step through and it took me back out into the world. The meager act of ebing able to hope onto the bike and not only be able to enagage in my necessary shopping but it has also aced as my physical therapy in a sense. I can pedal when I can ( certainly not uphill ) but it has aided both body and my sense of joi de vie. It gave me back a sense of happiness in my life and is reminescent of my younger years  in another time, another space. I feel happy on my bike and give other seniors a sense of it's ok..get out there and bike..you can look cool and functional!  While bike parts are not cheap I really cherish my getting back to grass roots and hopefully will pedal the rest of my life, eventually switching from bike to trike I suppose...but I'll still be pedaling. Just watch me go through those pearly gates.  :-)

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