Friday, May 22, 2015

Random Thoughts on a Friday

Social media is such a strange beast. On one hand, it's so easy to get wrapped up in chatting and commenting and posting that you can fail to actually live your life. On the other hand, I know I really appreciate those kudos on Strava, likes on Instagram, and the nice comments friends and randos post on my Facebook comments/pictures. But I have a whole new appreciation for social media beyond the ego stroking aspect of the beast this year.

After the first Bonelli race an interesting thing happened, a bunch of random people started friend requesting me on Facebook (oddly mostly from Latin America). Being the lazy/naive person I am, I added anyone with a bike in their profile picture, not really thinking much about it. Then my feed was flooded with posts in all different languages about people I didn't know at all. At first it seemed a little annoying/frustrating that the posts of my real friends were flooded out, BUT then I noticed something really cool: lots of people all over the world LOVE riding mountain bikes. I always knew that mountain biking existed on other continents before, but now I was seeing all these pictures of all kinds of people racing and riding bikes in Indonesia, Columbia, Kenya, you name it. It gave me a bigger perspective of this incredible group of people I belong to, and made the world seem so much smaller, that even though these people are thousands of miles from me, living incredibly different lives, they have the same feelings of joy I get when I turn the pedals around in circles on a bicycle. I could have made an athlete page for these people to like, but I'm actually really happy to see these pictures every now and again when I browse the news feed. Thanks Facebook for giving me perspective, and bikes for bringing us all together!

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