Keep moving!

When I attended All Keys Cycles today in the locally known “Pink Plaza” on the Overseas Highway to enquire about the purchase of a tricycle I conjured up my erstwhile physician’s frequent and no doubt learned admonition; viz., “Keep moving!” Today’s project was however not entirely kinetic. It was a combination of necessity, utility and preference. My current immobility issues predict the indispensability of something upon which to carry my enfeebled corpus; and while I acknowledge the practicality and advantage of a tricycle for one such as I, the inalterable fact is that cycling has long been my most favoured means of discovery.

All Keys Cycles, Key Largo, FL

I suspect my physician’s prerequisite is driven largely by his longstanding alignment with the strength and value of exercise as one might reasonably assume of a dedicated physician who practices what he preaches. For me however athleticism and healthfulness are but welcome by-products of the more potent corollary of exploration. In short, I don’t like sitting still. This psychic involvement at times translates into driving my automobile about the countryside. It is an absorption I consider instinctive and ordained by my late father who was of a similar character.

While the adage to “Keep moving!” is associated with moving swiftly on, my personal interpretation does not involve speed of any degree. Rather the elucidation is a constancy of change, not within my own parameters but merely overall acquaintance. I feel more fulfilled and refreshed when exposed to novelty. This doesn’t always provoke alteration but I suspect that over time and with repeated application there is a measure of improvement and advancement which insinuates my otherwise static condition.

There are I have discovered many diverse interpretations of the idiom “Keep moving!” such as, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein reportedly shared these words of advice with his son in a letter dated February 5, 1930. The counsel has been suggested as perseverance is the key, no one can stop you as long as you keep trying and keep moving towards your goal.

There is as well the spiritual mandate of Martin Luther King Jr, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving.” An exegesis may be,  every small win, every movement forward is a step in the right direction. Celebrate it, embrace it, feel good about your movement forward, this will make it easier to take the next step.

I feel compelled to caution that riding a tricycle is not immediately as simple as one might expect. When I briefly test-drove the tricycle today I instantly encountered what I perceived to be an impossibility to turn right.  This curiosity was – so I learned from the proprietor – provoked by my inclination to lean to the right as I would traditionally have done on a bicycle.  This only impeded my intended right turn and in fact caused me to turn left as though a reverse order were commanded. After trying several more times I realized that the manipulation of the tricycle is at the behest of the the front wheel with no adoption of contemporaneous alteration of balance from centre to right. Indeed balance does not control the usage of the tricycle which instead is governed by the direction of the front wheel. It is thus an acquired skill.  I shall for the time being confine the currency of my movement to the acreage of Buttonwood Bay.

One of the most important decisions adults can make, by far, is to stay active and fit regardless of their age or condition. Getting outside is a great, safe way to do that, and for a lot of adults, an adult tricycle is the perfect bike option. Unlike an ordinary bicycle, a 3-wheel bicycle is more comfortable, easier on the knees and hips, can accommodate larger riders, and is a much safer and more stable choice.