Take the Ride of Your Life! uses the concept of learning to ride a bicycle as a metaphor for learning to take risks and enjoy life more. Using dozens of personal stories of people from all walks of life telling about their first bike-riding experiences, author and motivational speaker Joyce Weiss adds her own fun, breezy style and insight, making this book as inspiring and delightful as a downhill race on a souped-up Schwinn.
The subtitle of the book is Shift Gears for More Balance, Growth and Joy, and the author infuses the pages with optimism and energy as she presents the reader with dozens of ideas and inspirations to bring more joy and fulfillment into life. By harnessing our youthful passions and desires, the author tells us, we can learn to ride the bike of life anywhere we want, and as fast or slow as we please. She even offers great life action steps that correspond with each chapter, as well as anecdotes about people we can relate to whom have overcome fears, anxieties, doubts and frustrations quite like those we face in our own pursuit of the perfect ride.
Most delightful are the whimsical and witty illustrations by Steve Ferchaud, and the author’s choice of empowering quotes to accompany her chapter text. This book is one of the most fun self-help books I’ve read, and you can’t help but feel as you flip through the pages that you’re flying down the street with the wind in your hair to the sounds of your clanging bell and playing cards rattling in your spokes. “Blinnnng, blinnnng!” Or if you were one of those kids who had those cool rubber horns– “Awoooga, awoooga!”
Although this book does not say anything new or groundbreaking, and simply offers up much wisdom and insight covered more seriously elsewhere, the fact that is presents its wisdom and insight in such a bright and engaging fashion makes this a worthwhile read, especially for readers who do not respond as well to Dr. Phil-style books that lecture and “yell” down to those of us at the receiving end. With Take the Ride of Your Life!, you get all that good stuff, but in the shape of a nifty bike with a banana seat and a bell and streamers hanging from handlebars. Whether or not you even like bikes, this book will make you smile and inspire you to get up off your duff and go for a ride, literally as well as metaphorically.