“Anxiety for me is an obsession with the future and an obsession with the past—but an inability to remain grounded in the present.
I needed to do something, which is why I decided I’d cycle around Britain, first along the western coast from Scotland to Cornwall, then after a break, the eastern coastline back up to Scotland. I’ve done long bike rides before and this would keep me traveling and working.
It pushed me to be grounded because the pandemic reiterated how life can change in an instant—that could also be a bereavement, or going to work and getting fired. I gained a better appreciation for making the most of what’s happening today because I don’t have a huge amount of control over tomorrow, next month or next year.
I know that can sound trite, but it’s a cliché for a reason because it’s probably one of the greatest life lessons. Although I hated how the pandemic tore up my life and spat it out, it did make me slow down. I didn’t want to be away all the time; it made me think about who I want to spend my life and time with.”