A Bright Red 10-Speed Bike

I was listening to the Happier podcast the other day, where one of the topics of conversation was:

What did you do for fun when you were 10 years old?

It's a good one. The answer is supposed to tell you what you should be doing now for fun, or even work. Because when you were 10 you were yet to be constrained by society's notion of what you should be doing or by sensible goals like earning money, so you don't starve. (Which still weighs on my mind a bit. Because I don't like being hungry.)

When I was 10 years old I wrote a horror book with some friends. I also still liked playing imaginative games that usually involved pretending to be characters from books. I am still miffed that I always had to be one of the maids while my friend got to be the princess (we were reading a lot of Francis Hodgson Burnett at the time). These games also involved a lot of climbing around on jungle gyms, which were of course, castles.

The age of 10 was also when I received a gift from my parents that became one of my prized possessions: a bright red 10-speed bike. It was a big deal getting a 10-speed, instead of riding around on your purple and white kids' bike doing loops in the driveway.

And I recently discovered it is still around, and now lives in the garage at our family's summer house. When the Hub and I were on vacation there in June we went for a ride around the lake and I just loved it. It was like being 10 again.

Here's our favorite, well-loved Galway Lake:

So when the Hub suggested that we get bikes to ride to our local park, and possibly even further afield at some point, I didn't even try to fight him. You see, I'm not a naturally outdoorsy person. I do love doing things outside, once I get there, but I'm such a homebody that it takes some convincing first. He's actually had to make me agree that every Sunday we will do something outside together, whether it's playing golf, tennis, going for a bike ride, or gardening. He stopped short of making me sign something, but that probably would have been a good idea.

What did you do when you were 10? And does it have any relation to what you do now for fun or work or possibly even hint at a second career?

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