Beach cycle delights

Nadine Borchardt, Green Point

On Sunday May 15, a beautiful and sunny autumn afternoon, my husband and I and two children (aged 8 and 10) rented bicycles and went for a ride on the busy Sea Point beachfront.

What an exhilarating ride it was.

I loved the way we had to weave in and out of the masses, dogs, skate boarders and roller bladers. Sometimes having to speed up and other times completely slowing down.

I loved the way we had to be alert at all times, concentrating, co-ordinating and being completely aware of our surroundings. I loved that we had to be more tolerant and patient.

I loved that we had to be respectful of everyone on the beachfront, no matter their age, size, colour or religion. We are all entitled to share the beautiful space.

I loved the way we could appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, see the diversity, smell the crisp ocean air and experience the joy.

I loved that we were outdoors, being active, keeping fit and healthy and seeing many other families and friends doing the same.

I loved that you could hear shrieks of laughter, people chattering, dogs barking, the seagulls screams, the ocean whooshing … the sounds of freedom, serenity, relaxation, fun, beauty and life …

What I loved most was that I was able to share this all with my children and teach them to take it all in, appreciate life and to respect and be kind to everyone.

Having a positive attitude makes such a big difference in life.

You can either moan and be miserable about things or you can take a look around you, be grateful and make the most of every situation.