Yesterday I discovered a bike shop. It’s on the ground floor of the apartment building we’re staying in during this part of vacation.
What’s the big deal?
I experienced this bike shop as a beneficial reminder. The reminder is that it’s OK for things to be OK. Taking this a step further, it’s a reminder things can work out for the good, not only bad.
Let me try and and explain this.
We’re visiting San Sebastian, Spain. It’s one of our favorite places to visit. Little did I realize, this region has a very active cycling community.
I brought a bike with me on the trip. It takes a while to build, then take apart again. Because I’m here with my family, I realized I wouldn’t have time to build and break-down the bike, not to mention ride it.
So I’d given up hope of riding along the beautiful Basque coastline.
Ok, there are much bigger problems in the world. I understand that. I also feel fortunate to be here with my family. Yet, still, I was feeling disappointed.
Then I found the bike shop.
Before entering, I’d written it off as a tourist trap that rented rusty old bikes at inflated prices. I entered with the intention to rent a couple casual bikes for my wife and me to tour the city. Not only did they have these, they also had road bikes :)
It turns out this was a proper cycling shop. The two people working there got me set-up on a bike and gave me a couple routes. As a result, not only do my wife and I plan to tour the city by bike this morning, I also get to ride the Basque coastline this afternoon :)
Before discovering the shop, I told myself I wouldn’t be able to ride here. I tried to get my head around that “worst case scenario”. Discovering the shop reversed this perspective. It feels like a hopeful reminder that sometimes the “best case scenario” happens too.
I feel grateful for this reminder that it’s OK for things to turn out OK like this :)
How about you? How do you work with potential disappointment? Do you look on the bright side or prepare yourself for the “inevitable” disappointment?
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Catch you next week,