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The Antidote to Bumps


The thought was based upon listening to NPR post winter Olympics. It was an interview with a lady who won a silver in Skeleton. Skeleton is a fast winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled down a frozen track while lying face down, during which the rider experiences forces up to 5 g and reaches speeds over 130 km/h (80 mph). The sport was named from the bony appearance of the sled.

She was talking about a personal tragedy where she lost her 3rd child after 18 weeks of pregnancy. She had actually retired from the sport. However as she struggled through this, her husband motivated her to start the sport again. Even more admirable was the fact that he and their other 2 kids took leave of absence from work/ school and supported her in all her competitions. Hence, the antidote to life’s bumps is focusing and doing what you enjoy most.

The story continues further and she said you need to be one with the sled and be calm to win the sport. The second antidote to life’s bumps is to maintain this sense of calm – talking bumps in stride instead of being too rigid and opposing them. It also reminds me to flow with the flow. And it reminds me of being centered. While I have had more success with the first antidote, I continue to focus, learn and remind myself of the 2nd one.

What are you antidotes to life’s bumps?

The antidotes to life’s bumps

Doing what you enjoy

And enjoying the ride

It’s a bumpy ride

It’s steep

It’s fast

It has friction

It’s a bumpy ride

It’s painful

And troublesome

And long

And yet

It’s the bumpy rides I enjoy

With some music

And some love

To be one with the road

It’s fast

It’s steep

It’s fun

It’s the bumpy ride!

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