Good writers have often used sport as a metaphor for life: the lessons of the playing field or arena applied to daily living. If Norman Mailer (boxing), William Kennedy (baseball) and John Irving (wrestling) had spent time on a mountain bike, they would have learned:
The 20 Life Lessons in Mountain Biking
20. Boldness pays.
19. Desperation breeds mistakes.
18. The hardest parts are also the loneliest.
17. There’s fresh horse flop in the trail ahead.
16. Balance is first among the virtues; momentum is second.
15. Success requires confidence, but cockiness invites failure.
14. Sometimes, the best way past an obstacle is straight through it.
13. Some people get lucky at parts; nobody gets lucky at everything.
12. It’s all about the being and the going, not the having and the arriving.
11. At each intersection, there’s the easy way and the hard, rewarding way.
10. It’s tempting to focus on the immediate problem to the exclusion of the big picture.
9. The thing that nails you is the one you don’t see coming.
8. It’s worth stopping for a breather to see where you are.
7. Thousands of tiny decisions shape the trip.
6. The fun starts when you push the limits.
5. You can get hurt, heal and go again.
4. Ups are followed by downs.
3. Practice makes you better.
2. No quitting allowed.
1. Love hurts (but don’t let that stop you from falling in love.)
What has mountain biking taught you about life? Let us know in the comments below!