Life is bumpy. It’s rough patches make us squirm and more than anything, just like back country roads, it is unpredictable. This morning I biked for an hour on newly chip sealed roads, and if you don’t know what a chip sealed road feels like on a bicycle, well, just imagine bumpy vibrations and saddle sores, all at an incredibly slow moving pace.
I hate chip seal and the patches of sand that come with it. My average speed slows down significantly, my mood drops, and I seem to vibrate uncomfortably and without control. There is little you can do to stay smooth on chip seal.
Then, something great happens with chip seal. It stops; and when it does, it feels like you have just found yourself a pot of gold. My ride today turned from 50 minutes of chip seal into a final 10 minutes of beautifully smooth and fresh pavement. It was so smooth compared to what I had become accustomed to that I can’t even describe how wonderfully smooth it was. The idea of its smoothness still makes my heart race with joy.
One way or another life will always work out. The best is yet to come. When you find yourself on nagging chip sealed roads, you must know that eventually, the road will turn smooth again. Remember, to appreciate the smooth, we must experience the rough, so be thankful for your rough patches and celebrate your smooth ones.