"All the time, - I told him. - But I actually don't recall that we ever talked about this."
"We hadn't, - he answered. - I just guessed. You seem just the type."
I left this little encounter so proud of myself. I was just the type to cycle around Tel Aviv! For years, I really wanted to be this type. I thought cycling was really cool, urban, hip thing. And yet, for years I couldn't be this type. The thing is, a year ago I didn't know how to ride a bike. Or to be more exact, I was terrified to ride a bike.
I cycled when I was a kid, but then at some point, probably when I tried to ride a bike that was to big for me, I got scared. Scared to the point that I really couldn't think of cycling again ever in my life. And I pretty much accepted that. Not a big deal. Many people can't ride a bike. But then I moved to Tel Aviv. And in Tel Aviv, cycling is such a huge part of the urban culture. First and foremost, I felt in love with bikes aesthetics. I really liked taking photos and making sketches of bikes and of cyclists. But still, I couldn't ride.
And then last year I decided that this is it. I really must learn (again!) how to ride a bike. At first, I couldn't think of a way. Should I first buy a bike and quietly try it on my own? What if I don't succeed - what do I do with the bike then? And of course, the most important decision - should I wear a helmet?!
When I shared these musings with Anat, she laughed at me. This is so simple, she said. There are tons of instructors who teach how to ride a bike right here, in Park Hayarkon.
~~ To be continued. Happy leap year everyone! ~~