With uni, amongst other things, ramping up again this semester I am finding my time rolling by quicker than ever. Even though I know to always expect it, the busyness of uni recurrently takes me by surprise. So much so that I often have to take a mental step back and just re-assess everything to ensure things don’t become too overwhelming. In saying that though, at this point in my life I have never found more truth in the words “I would rather be busy than bored” and tend to use that as a bit of a motto or mantra when things begin to get tough.
While these words are important, I recognise that it is also worthwhile to have an escape of sorts. I am fortunate to have many interests and as a result an ‘escape’ is never far away (this being one of them). For a long time now I have used photography as an escape, however, lately I have had a massive fondness of two wheeled adventures. This began at the start of the year when I acquired my motorbike license and for a while now I have been able to greatly improve my skills on the bike. Unfortunately, I no longer have a motorbike to ride due to personal circumstances (all in all it is probably a good thing!) and have subsequently had to look elsewhere for something to satiate my two wheeled desires. Luckily I didn’t have to look far as this weekend just passed I acquired a ‘fixie’ or fixed gear/single speed bicycle (see picture). It is safe to say that this bike has done exactly what I have wanted it to and have struggled not to ride it all of the time.
I suppose the reason behind me writing this is that when things really begin to get busy, and you’re struggling to keep your head above water, these escapes become more important than ever to keep us moving. For me personally, it is the sense of going somewhere, and being actively part of that travel, that is most satisfying and helping me through. I encourage everyone to find their own ‘bicycle’.
Happy weeks 33 and 34!