“Just Keep Pedaling”

AKA Children Are So Dang Inspirational!

If you happen to be scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, you’re going to run across an inspirational meme pretty quick. (Unless all your friends are the dark, brooding type?)

But honestly, when was the last time you thought, “Wow, I am so glad I read that meme! My life is forever changed!”

(See what I did there? Yea, I just made a meme about inspirational memes.)

While I enjoy positivity filling my feed, lately I’ve been getting mad inspired from watching my little ones (now 5 and 3) try new things.

They say children help you see with fresh eyes again. This summer has been a bizarre mix of family fun but also slogging through work projects. There are days where I wonder what the heck I’m doing, or why I’m bothering at all.

And then, the obligatory task of taking my children out for a bike ride refreshes my perspective… (or jolts me into a panic!)

Take for example the time my 5-year-old decided to off-road it. She zipped down a steep hill into a ditch filled with murky, stagnant water and long weedy grass. Side note – I now know that my first response to an occurrence like this is to freeze and stare blankly, while a jogger running by (our angel!) stops to make sure we are both okay and pulls her bike out of the ditch.

Of course, my daughter thought it was HILARIOUS and laughed about how wet she was. Oh, the mom guilt was real… but way to go kid! Keep up the positive attitude and you’ll go far!

(I don’t seem to have a good track record for responding calmly to surprising situations).

I’m Making Progress Too, Even if it Feels Painfully Slow

Seeing my children learn new skills helps me reflect on my own progress, even if I am still working through remnants of postpartum anxiety.

Just a few weeks ago, my three-year-old son was struggling to pedal his own bike. He knew how but wanted me to just push him along.

When I refused to do that, he was forced to pedal himself, and that’s when it clicked for him. It’s so much more FUN to pedal yourself because you can go faster!

Queue cliché inspirational thought: “Give yourself that push. You’ll have momentum before you know it!

In just a few minutes, he was bombing down a slope. I kept shouting out to him to steer and pay attention to where he was going – the slope was winding!

He almost went flying as he careened around a corner, but he managed to shift his weight and keep going. I chased after him, regretting my flip flop footwear choice.

He turned back to shout “I did it mom!” Taking his eyes off the road was his mistake. One of his training wheels went off the path and it was enough to tip him over into the grass.

My next meme-like reminder to myself was: “Keep looking ahead to your destination!

He had a good wail, but he wasn’t hurt. I asked him if he wanted to go home (I didn’t want to push him to keep going), but he said “No Mommy! I gotta get back on my bike!”

Atta boy! Oh yea, I told you children are inspirational.

Experienced a setback? Dwelling on it just gives it the power to affect your thinking. Just get back to it!

The next stage on our bike ride had given him trouble in the past. The pavement was older, with raised cracks and sunken spots, causing a small bike to rattle and sway. This time, he took it on with gusto. In fact, he sought out the bumps.

“These are fun mom! Wooaaaah!” (I wish you could hear his adorable little boy voice in your head too.)

There will always be bumps in the road. They’re what makes life more interesting. Remember, “Just keep pedaling!”

How do the children in your life remind you of life’s simple lessons? Or maybe you have a favourite memeable quote? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments!

xoxo Kayleigh Rose

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, and at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” ~ Psalm 16:11

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