10 Life Lessons on a Unicycle

Ever try to ride a unicycle? Many people call it “terror on a stick,” and I agree. But it is also a great teacher of some valuable life lessons.

I chose a unicycle to teach my grandchildren some valuable lessons.  At sixty years old many of my friends thought I was out of my mind. In truth, I thought they might be right, particularly after my first fall. Older people do not heal as quickly as they did when they were twenty, and I’m certainly no exception.

But it was important to teach my grandchildren that they can do anything they want to if they are determined and willing to put in the extra effort. Riding a unicycle is not easy at any age, but at sixty it was a real eye-opener.

What I learn about life on a unicycle:

  1.  Some of life’s lessons are painful, but keep trying.
  2.  Determination helps you overcome your fears.
  3.  You won’t go very far without balance in your life.
  4.  Breathe naturally, even when you are afraid.
  5.  Practice, practice, practice.
  6.  Don’t be concerned about what others are saying.
  7.  On a unicycle you will stand out in a crowd.
  8.  You’re as old as you think you are.
  9.  If you believe you can go for it.
  10.  You can do anything you make your mind up to do.

I’m not professing that everyone should start riding a unicycle. I am suggesting that it is important to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Some of life’s most important lessons do not come easy.

Ideas for Implementation

  1. What have you always wanted to do? Take singing lessons, hike the Appalachian Trail or take a college course? If it’s realistic; go for it. If not, modify your dream to fit your current situation.
  2. Develop a plan with a goal, action steps, and a timetable for completion.
  3. Find a partner to help and share in your newfound excitement.

Quote for Discussion

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips speak only words of kindness.”        Audrey Hepburn

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