i want to ride my tricycle

I Want to Ride my Tricycle

Queue Queen’s bicycle song and replace it with tricycle. This song will get stuck in your head like nobody’s business. Sorry about that.

I unwittingly made an analogy this morning when discussing my current career path. I said something to this effect: “I feel like I used to ride mountain bikes and now I’m riding a tricycle.” As though this was a bad thing.

Most days I wake up excited that I get to work for myself. Truly. Let me give you a little history. I have had a lot of jobs, some really great ones and others that were not exactly “a good fit.” I was the person who dreaded the feeling I got on Sunday nights, and I didn’t always like, ahem…authority. I carried on best I could, learning lots of cool stuff and making many friends along the way.

About two years ago, the stars aligned enough that I was able to go independent, as it were. It’s been an adventure for sure. I’ve had to learn the most basic things (how to create an invoice), as well as develop and refine more complex skills in technology, strategic thinking and design.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a multitude of clients of varying shapes and sizes. Freelancing is, and should be, a work in progress. Part of this continued experimentation is learning what it is that you like to work on and who you like to work on it with. I have caught myself saying recently that I’d like to work on more “bite-sized” projects. I think the subtext there is that I just like that feeling of getting things done. And if there’s more work and everybody is getting along, let’s do some more!

When I mentioned the tricycle analogy this morning, it felt small. Less than. Subpar. Not enough. I mentioned it again later and it felt slightly better: I didn’t want to ride the mountain bike anymore, I chose this. I mentioned it a third time (3x is a charm as you know) and BAM!

I realized that tricycles are awesome.

They’re shiny little red joy vehicles. They help people get started, learn something new, take the next step, play, laugh, smile. They take you places! These are the things that are part of who I am, what I care about, and what I want to create. Suddenly the idea of riding a tricycle doesn’t sound so bad.

Inspired by the wise words of Freddie Mercury…

I want to ride my tricycle 
I want to ride it where I like 

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9 Responses to i want to ride my tricycle

  1. Meg July 24, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Ummm yes please I will take the trike over the mountain bike anyday…so very true and needed to hear that. Just so you know I am putting glittery streamers on mine.

    • Roz Duffy July 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Yay for glittery streamers!

  2. Stormy July 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    You know, tricycles are damn cool. And, they can be tricked out to be perfectly suited to you. To borrow your analogy, I had a decision foisted on me last week that totally derailed a mountain bike trip I wanted to take. It took all of 30 minutes to recover and realize that it was just my ego that was bruised. The tricycle – which I had been distracted from – was right there waiting for me to acknowledge it and carry on my merry way. It’s been a great week since!

    • Roz Duffy July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      I love noticing that what’s been there all along is actually quite great. Gonna take another look around today 😉

  3. Lesley July 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    YES! I love me a good analogy and you have delivered! I’ve been feeling the exact same way lately, putting myself down and being all ‘pity party table of one’ but I managed to climb out of that mindset today somehow. I love the tricycle analogy, and finding the positive in it. Also,…since they have 3 wheels (and streamers, yay!) tricycles may be a bit slower and require more effort to turn the wheels, but they’re more grounded and balanced. ; )

    • Roz Duffy July 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      I live for analogies and alliteration! YES I love the idea of being grounded and balanced, I’m gonna run (or ride) with that one!

  4. Halley July 31, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    AHHH! Cute and poignant. Well said.

    • Roz Duffy August 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks Halley! That means a lot coming from your badass self 🙂

  5. Cali Harris (@caligater) April 24, 2014 at 3:28 am #

    Please ignore that I’m -obvy- blog-stalking you right now (since I made it back this far). I LOVE your blog. I really love the couple of interview/profiles you’ve done.

    I got to this post and it resonates with me SO STRONGLY. I was in marketing communications for 10 years. 1 year ago I made a lateral transition to business development/strategic partnerships world. In some ways, it was kind of “stepping back” — a la going from a mountain bike to a trike. And some days I’m like, shiiiiiiiit, where did I toss that mountain bike in the forrest, because it seems like it would be a lot easier to ride. But most days, I realize how FUN the tricycle is! And to your point: I chose this.

    Best line: “I realized that tricycles are awesome. They’re shiny little red joy vehicles.”

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