Growing up in a small midwestern, Mayberry-type town, we had a local Main Street bicycle and lawnmower shop. Ten-speed bicycles had come into style, and the bright green one featured in the shop window was my dream. The proprietor and family acquaintance allowed me to purchase the bicycle on “layaway.” At the time, I believe the total cost of the bike was around $120 – a fortune for a ten-year-old boy.
Every week, I would stop by the shop and pay three to five dollars toward my balance. I took any lawn mowing or snow removal jobs I could get – anything to earn a few bucks. And every week, I would see my balance slowly decline.
One summer day almost a year later, the balance was paid, and the bike was mine. I will never forget the day I jumped on that bike and rode it home. The feeling of accomplishment, pride and joy for something I earned one-hundred-percent on my own was one of the best experiences of my life. In this world of immediate gratification and entitlement, your message of gaining pride and self-confidence through working hard for something rings very true. Keep it up!
My Proudest Moment