Sunday, May 27, 2018

Am I Afraid or Is It Just Hard Work?

Riding my bike to the trail head allows enough time for waffling. Back in the saddle after an unintended hiatus and determined to ride dirt, I'm back-and-forth on whether to attempt my old fave trail of choice - uphill, switchbacked, and strenuous - or stick to the base trail with its rolling intervals. Fed up with my internal drama, the self-talk concludes with a stern speech to the tune of, "get a grip, take your time, and see what happens."

I pass an elderly man using hiking poles, both of us moving at a snail's pace, coming up on the first switchback. Panic ensues. Bailing, I dismount and walk through it.  The breeze and cricket song settle my panic. I get back on my bike and muscle the second two switchbacks. Feeling victorious, I stop to record a meadowlark who's celebrating their own moment. Minutes later, loose trail messes with my mind. Breathing fast, I stop. I can't tell if I'm panicky or just out of breath. Am I afraid or is it just hard work?  So it begins, the writing in my head.

Writing in my head seems as old as my memory. Maybe it's the reader in me that likes third person narration. Hard to say. Anyway, my mind takes off on the "am I afraid or is it just hard" question. Fear is an odd thing. Brain stems battle for survival every minute and our brains' amygdalas churn out corresponding emotions. For me, this looks like turning into a hot mess when I'm booking airline tickets and the flight is weeks away. Before you launch into the safety of air travel, I know, I've heard it all. Brain stems are reptilian though. They simply react. (Yes, by the way, I'm thinking this all through on the trail. Ill-advised, to be sure.)

Consoling myself with my propensity for public speaking scenarios that would unglue other people, I keep riding.  Mind you, this ride is only an hour even with all my stopping for breath, fear, and thinking. And, for the gazillionth time in my existence, I find myself wishing I was as calm as people think I am.  So, I keep teasing apart my reptilian and emotional reactions from how I use my gray matter to respond. Buying time before responding whenever possible. Reminding myself that survival is hardwired by evolution but, thankfully, rarely at stake in my day-to-day. This gap between reacting and response often looks dramatically inelegant and pretty darn human. Just ask Rob. Or, better yet, ask my kids. Evidence abounds.

Still on my bike, a biblical promise pops into my head about perfect love casting out fear - meaning that we are creatures first loved by God who is love.*  Now I'm just an 'n' of 1, but this promise seems to muscle its way through my indulgence in instinctive fear. Regardless, my love of riding dirt seems like one more chance to take the promise out for a spin.


*1 John 4:16-18

1 comment:

  1. Escape from Tarkov players are probably very familiar with the game’s many errors. One of the most common problems involves error 213, which the game says is an “error connecting to auth server.” If you’ve been hit with Escape from Tarkov error 213, keep reading to learn what it means and what you can do to fix it. The Escape from Tarkov error 213 typically Escape From Tarkov Money


    appears when there is a problem with server connectivity. The pop-up message warns of an “error connecting to auth server,” which means the software https://www.lolga.com/escape-from-tarkov-cash cannot connect to the game’s servers.

    We all know how Escape From Tarkov feels a bit too fast-paced for its level of realism. The game needed a rework, especially in the

    stamina/fatigue department. In the current patch, once the player is loaded with over 60 kilograms of loot, he can run like a feather, not to mention the bunny hopping. Luckily, Battlestate Games has decided to put a https://www.lolga.com/stop to that with a simple stamina/fatigue redesign.

    Purified Water in Escape from Tarkov is an immensely useful item. You can find Superwater when scavenging, but crafting it is the best and easiest way to get it. Below you can find out what Purified Water does for you in Escape from Tarkov. We’ll also show you how to craft it, what you can get from trading it, and what you can craft with it.

    ReplyDelete

Challenging and respectful comments welcome...mean ones, not so much.