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Riding Through Obstacles

by fivesimplethings on July 8th, 2010

Over the Fourth of July weekend, I spent a lot of time riding bikes with my six year old son.  I usually let him lead so that I can watch him from behind.  The streets aren’t very busy.  However, he’s still learning how to deal with passing cars and more vigilant bikers.  My blood pressure bobbed and weaved each ride, but we made it home safely each time.

One of the biggest observations that I made was how the video game culture that our child has experienced has influenced little things in his life.  For example, in Super Mario Brothers you take on the obstacles or things that come in your path.  Where I try to avoid anything that distracts me from a smooth, straight ride, my son says, “Bring it on!” to potholes, divots, or other objects in the road.  Swerving and weaving are just common place.  It’s how you advance to the next level.

So, here’s my thought.  I do everything possible to avoid the distractions and problems that can derail me.  Sometimes I might be better off to deal with the issues head on in order to learn, to plan and to correct my course.  Bottom line… I don’t know who to thank for this insight.  My son?  Or Luigi?

What’s your method for dealing with obstacles.  Do you avoid them or confront them?

Let me know in the comments section or on twitter with the hashtag #fivesimplethings.

-John Tolsma

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