It’s like riding a bicycle…

…you never forget.mens club 24

or so the saying goes.

And when I was little I did learn to ride a bicycle. I rode all over the place. I did crazy things like go down realllllly steep hills on my bike and all kinds of tricks. Not cool BMX tricks, but in my head, they were super cool.

Sure, I wiped out a lot, but that never really bothered me.


Fast forward eleventy-billion years, and as a grown woman…riding a bike TERRIFIES me. ME! WTF?!  I am not typically someone who is afraid of many things. I have been know to be a little bit of an adrenaline junkie.

HOW does someone forget how to ride a bike?

When I try…I feel out of control. I feel like maybe I will DIE!! I know it’s not rational.

I might FALL! I don’t like falling.

I suspect it is that out of control feeling that I do not like. When I think it thru though, I am in control.

It may be that I dislike it because I feel awkward and I don’t feel like I’m “good” at it. I don’t like things that I’m not good at.

So, why am I trying?

Welllll, I don’t like things I’m not good at…but I think thats surface level. If I go deeper –  maybe it’s BECAUSE it makes me so damn uncomfortable, that I would really like to conquer it.  Why am I having such a hard time trusting myself, relaxing, letting go? Where else am I doing this in life…

― Albert Einstein


I use to believe I was unable to run. I could never be a runner. Those words came out of my mouth more than once.

I have run 2 half marathons.

I love running.

The limiting thoughts that I had created and accepted as truth almost kept me from experiencing something different, from discovering something I love.

It took work, it took determination, it took discipline…it took me being uncomfortable and getting out of my own way. More than anything it took me changing my belief system…from I can’t to I WILL!

Yeah, I guess life IS like learning to ride a bicycle after all.



Hope FatoHope Fato is a Lifestyle Coach focusing on Health & Wellness. This Mom of 3 strives to help others receive the support they need in making positive changes in their health and in their life. Whether you are struggling physically, financially, or emotionally she is here to help you bring out your BEST inner self and help you achieve real results.


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10 Responses to It’s like riding a bicycle…

  1. Great motivation Hope!! – T 🙂

  2. So true! Sometimes we do just have to get out of our own way. I like to say don’t wait, for the feeling of fear to go away.Just do it even if you shaking when you get started!

  3. Margie says:

    Wow Hope, this is so right on, and funny how it applies to everything we do in life 🙂 Awesome post!

  4. Ruby Uhart says:

    I feel this way about doing a handstand. I used to be able to do them and I want to again, but I am scared of falling. So, I WILL do a handstand, by..the…end..of…June. 🙂

  5. HA! Vlad may not be happy with me if he sees this – but he doesn’t know how to ride a bike! Side note, you’re awesome for conquering it but don’t do it after alcohol on a golf course in Florida…that’s a bit dangerous! HA! 😉

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