For over two decades, listening to music through earphones while cycling was a habit. I took refuge and comfort in shutting out the outside world and immersing myself in my own personal soundtrack, forsaking safety considerations in the process.
But that ritual changed few years ago when I came to terms with—and embraced—my lifelong adversary: peer pressure. To my surprised delight, the decision to unplug during bike rides opened up opportunities for making connections, exploring communities, and cultivating empathy.
compassion, bicycling, safety, community, learning, music, responsibility, resistance, personal growth, change, transformation
Mo Nishiyama is a lifelong learner, blogger, aspiring speaker, and community curator who masquerades as a technical writer. His numerous passions include storytelling, Oxford commas, bicycling around town, and consuming Kouign Amann pastries. Born in Japan and transplanted to the United States in 1976, Mo has called Portland home for over twenty years.
Mo’s recent speaking/storytelling experiences include PechaKucha Night Portland Vol. 18, Write the Docs North America conference (2013-16), and World Domination Summit 2016.