Why are you special

A couple of weeks ago, we had a visit from our son, Jack.

Jack loves cycling. 

A while ago, he made the decision to sell his car and do the majority of his journeys using his bike and trains. 

Now, for any normal person, this might cause them some difficulties in terms of getting around but when you love cycling as much as Jack, you see the world through the lens of opportunities to ride, rather than the inconvenience of not being able to get in a car. 

I find it completely awe-inspiring that Jack thinks nothing of getting on his bike and cycling 200km from his home in Surrey to our home in Dorset. 

I cannot imagine what it must feel like to ride that far in a day.

To me, he’s a fitness superstar. 

And yet, when I told him I had run 8 miles the other day as part of my training, he said he was impressed because he wouldn’t be able to run that far. 

That really took me aback!

I suddenly felt a real sense of pride that I had trained myself to do something physically that he found impressive. 

I’m not saying you should always measure your abilities against those of others, but it might be worth remembering that you can do things all day every day that you don’t even think about as special, and others will look at you and think you’re pretty damned clever!

It could be anything from a skill to have patience around little children all day, to being able to cook a delicious apple crumble, to being able to grow plants in your house without killig them.

Appreciate the talents you take for granted!

The author 

Vicki LaBouchardiere