A Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self About Cycling

a 67 year old cyclist writing on a tablet
Dear 13-year-old me,

I'm writing to you from the year 2023, and I want to tell you how much cycling has mattered to me in my life.

I know that you're not a big fan of cycling right now. You think it's boring and slow, and you'd rather be doing something else, like hanging out with your friends. But I want you to know that cycling is going to become one of the most important things in your life.

As you get older, you're going to start to appreciate the freedom and flexibility that cycling gives you. You'll be able to go wherever you want, whenever you want, without having to worry about traffic or parking. You'll also start to appreciate the health benefits of cycling. It's a great way to stay in shape, and it can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions.

But most importantly, cycling is going to give you a sense of adventure. You'll get to explore new places, meet new people, and see the world from a different perspective. You'll also learn a lot about yourself along the way.

I'm 67 years old now, and I'm still cycling. I've ridden all over the country, and I'm planning to ride from Canada to Mexico in 2026 after I turn 70.

I know that you don't believe me right now, but cycling is going to change your life. It's going to give you freedom, health, adventure, and a sense of self-discovery. So I urge you to give it a chance. You won't regret it.

Love, Your future self

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