Back when I was working on the concept of Notes From a Blue Bike, I was debating who the audience would be for this book. I’m a married mom in her 30s, so it’s easy for me to know what to say to someone like me. But I knew, deep down, that this book would be for more than just me.
Don’t get me wrong—middle-aged me’s are great. Solidarity, sisters. But this message—that we really can slow down and live more intentionally, so long as we’re willing to swim upstream from the culture—can resonate with people of all genders, many ages, and plenty of life stages.
I think there’s something universal in the idea that the culture feels like an itchy sweater when it just moves too fast, when it worships productivity, when it defines “normal” as whatever everyone else is watching, doing, loving.
When our deep-down, God-given-yet-earthy desires seem just so different from everyone else’s, I think God’s trying to tell us something about realigning our lives. Like C.S. Lewis once said, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
I feel this way all the time. I wrote this book for people who feel this way, too.
I wrote Blue Bike for people:
…who have this regular unsettled feeling because their daily lives resemble more of what the culture around them says is normal, instead of how they’d really like to live.
…who feel like they’ve got the pedal to the metal in a Ford Pinto while surrounded by Ford Mustangs in the left lane of a toll road.
…who want their kids to feel free to be themselves, learn how they learn best, and explore the world with vivid innocent wonder.
…who believe that food, our daily bread, was meant to be savored slowly, in season, and how God created it (while still guiltlessly delighting in the occasional chocolate).
…who wish they could travel more without feeling like they need to justify their adventures to well-meaning extended family, neighbors, and friends.
…who get frustrated that because of the Internet and other digital luxuries, there’s this cultural assumption that work should never end.
…who want to bravely re-embrace boredom and not feel this itch to constantly be entertained.
…who are willing to live differently, but not just for the sake of living differently.
…who want to live simply so that others can simply live.
…who love life, but really do feel like we were made to live slower, with more intention, with more freedom to slow down and smell the roses.
All these things? Could describe anyone in just about any life stage in our postmodern, crazy-fast culture. If this is you, then I’m with you. And I’m learning, daily, that your life really can slow down, and it really can fit your family like a glove—so long as you’re willing to ride uphill and forge a new path.
I’ve got my helmet on, and I’d love some companions. Wanna join me? I’d love that.