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Smile and Ride a Bike

By Bryan | Published: 22nd Dec, 2019

Well, it's been a while. It feels like I haven't had me-time for a long while nor some downtime to write — which is the lesser evil. I won't brag about it, it's been a tough year. And it feels like I'm starting to forget how to smile. Or to write.

So I rode a bike.

Why? They say you never forget how to ride a bike. I remember when I was a kid, I was so eager to learn how to do it. I was a bit show off. I was determined. Got me some bruises and scars but it paid off. That same day, I finished off cycling merrily around the house.

It made me happy.

Fact: Cycling makes you happy (and healthy). I did catch a moment of myself smiling. So I guess it does make one happy. It made me happy. It made me remember. It made me write again.


  • Nathan
    For me, running makes me happy. It clears my mind, gives me energy and makes me think clearer. Whenever I am down, I try to surround myself with the things I love: a good book, I go running, play a video game I love (Witcher 3, Journey, etc), watch funny videos or comedies, etc.
  • Bryan
    Hey, Nathan! I'm not a runner but I wanna try and sign up for a half marathon this summer. I also enjoy walking and hiking. Simple things that make me physically happy. Surround yourself with things you love — that's a yes!
  • Shey
    We've all had times when smiling seemed to elude us. That doesn't mean we shouldn't aim to do things that make us happy.
  • Bryan
    Absolutely agree, Shey! One thing I'd like to start as part of my 2020 goal is to do more things for myself; something I often neglect. A happiness list, if you may.
  • Mark P.
    I used to love biking on trails and off-road in the local parks around here. I started doing it less and less as I got older. Now that I am working full-time and sometimes up to 50 hours a week, I just don’t have the energy for it but I am hoping, if things go to plan, I will be launching my own online business this year and I will be able to get back to me and feeling good again. I want to get back on my bike and feel the freedom of exploring again.

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About Bryan

Hi, I'm Bryan — a Filipino traveler. Fan of nature, science and good food. The silent sam on the couch. An Apple buff. I was born in the Philippines and now a resident of Barcelona, Spain. Most of the time, traveling solo. Advocate for cheap escapades. Backpacker. Yep, Filipinos do backpacking!
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