Day 55: My Trusty Steed In 1993 I came back from gallivanting around the world determined to be self-employed. I got an IT training contract in Wimbledon (south west London) but I was living at the time in Hornsey Rise (North London). My investment into my self employed status was to attend a number of the courses free of charge and then co-train before I could step out and earn a living from delivering them. For a number of months I had to be creative about money, I worked in Camden Market at the weekend selling aromaptherapy oils and incense sticks and I made an investment in my Diamond Back companion to minimise my transport costs. I remember determinedly cycling across London dodging articulated lorries and braving inclement Summer weather during the leanest times but as soon as I my earnings regularised I was back on public transport and eventually purchased a car.
My bike, however remained a part of my life. Although it was infrequently used it has been by my side for over twenty years; in fact I feel a coming of age is due sometime soon. Strictly speaking it is not the same bike I bought way back in 1993, I learnt to my chagrin that any part of the bike not locked up was a temptation to passing opportunists. At some point I lost both the front and back wheels and two saddles before I permanently padlocked it to the bike frame.
Diamond Back was kept under shelter and in cosy indoor hibernation during the Winter months until I moved into the first (and only) flat I have owned in 1996. Since then s/he has endured outdoor living without even a decent saddle cover though recycling plastic bags does feel quite worthy. Until 3 years ago, when I forfeited my car, the routine was a bit of TLC every Spring and gentle Summer usage in the neighbourhood but now we have moved into year round usage. Venturing to the edges of the Borough and even on occasion across the River, rarely a day goes by when I am not off to Portobello Market or popping down to yoga or pilates and even when I am using public transport I will hop on my bike to expedite the 15 minute walk to the Tube station. Since I have started my 100 Days Of Awe project travelling around on my trusty steed has given me the pleasure of being able to observing and stop to capture the smallest of details like Micro Magic. It is indeed time to honour my trusty steed with gratitude for 21 years of unstinting service.
100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect. I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort. I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.
Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business. She is the creator of FindYourMojo iPHone app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me. I support clients all over the world.