I was in 7th grade when my dad surprised me with a blue ladybird cycle on my birthday. It had a basket on the front, in which I used to take my puppy out. I was overjoyed and showed it off to all my friends. I couldn’t wait for how to learn to cycle. I started learning cycling by practicing every evening, not on my cycle, but my brother’s…Haha..! My cycle was so precious to me that I did not want to risk getting a scratch on it. And…one day i fell from my brother’s cycle, and there were scratches all over it! I was badly hurt too. I apologize and appreciate my brother for being so generous and for letting me use his cycle. Practice makes one perfect. Right? I became skilled in cycling. Later I made friends with whoever had cycles, to accompany me to school, it was so amazing, I felt like a free bird.
During the summer holidays, my parents used to take my brother and me to our grandmother’s house in Bangalore. I had a lot of friends in my lane. All we wanted to do was play all day long. We never bothered with food and sleep, all we wanted was to do was play all day long! We played all sorts of outdoor games and never felt exhausted or cared about the scorching weather, but the most cherished game was jumping rope! We all used to fight for our turns! I still miss those Summer holidays. My Childhood days were awesome!
But now cycling and jumping rope frighten me!! Because they are part of everybody’s workout routine!! The things that brought me so much joy and pleasure, now make me feel apprehensive!! Now when I look at them, I feel like it’s a drill. In today’s lifestyle, physical exercise is a necessity to stay fit, and healthy. It also relieves stress. I have to push myself to work out every day! The perceptions people have about things, change with age and maturity. My childhood days were amazing! We enjoyed exploring and learning new things. Once explored life seems complicated!
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