My Raleigh

The universe has a way of providing what we ask for. When I was in my mid 20s, I really wanted a blue, Raleigh brand bike. I was fixated on the idea of this bike. I could see it in my mind, a powder blue beauty, me smiling and laughing in the sun as I rode my bike around the neighborhood, to the store and other locales.

I did not have much disposable income at the time, so purchasing a $500 bike was out of the question. I was talking to a group of friends one day, and mentioned my desire to possess a bike of this caliber. A week or so later, one of the gentlemen in the group called me. He was clearly excited on the phone, as he described to me a bike one of his neighbors had left when she had moved out. A blue Raleigh! He did warn me that it had possibly been hit by a car, and probably needed new gears and tires. I rushed over there, and acquired the Raleigh.

It was indeed, slightly worse for wear, but still beautiful. I took it to the local bike shop, and he said the frame was still in great condition, but it did indeed need whole new wheels, tires and gears and brakes, which would be close to $200, a large amount for me at the time. I thanked him and took the bike home.

I then attempted to repair the bike myself, buying gears, a wheel and tire, and borrowing a book on bike repair from the library. I attempted to fix it myself for months, and finally I admitted defeat, and took it to the bike repair shop, where it was returned to almost new condition for me in a short amount of time. I still have that bike, and ride it to lunch with my husband, and even to work sometimes.

I learned that the universe will always give you what you ask for; however, you have to be willing to work to make it the way you wanted it in your head. A job, a relationship, a pet, even a bike—we always get what we want, but we have to work at it to make it the way we want it. Even now, I still have to put air in my bike tires and get the brakes and gears tuned up if I want to be able to ride it.  I laugh and smile and pump my legs to move myself forward in the warm sun, forward to my next adventure.

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