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The bicycle race

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

Life is a great bicycle race, whose goal is the fulfilment of one’s Personal Legend.
We all set off together, sharing our friendship and enthusiasm. But as the race progresses, that initial happiness fades before some very real challenges: tiredness, boredom, doubts about our own abilities.
We notice that a few friends have given up – they are still cycling, but only because they cannot stop in the middle of the road; there are a lot of them, pedalling dutifully along beside the support vehicle, talking amongst themselves.
We finally leave them behind, and then we come face to face with loneliness, unfamiliar bends in the road, mechanical problems with the bike. And after a while, we start to ask ourselves if it’s really worth all the effort.
Yes, it is. It’s just a question of not giving up.

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