Perhaps I've spent too much time pondering this subject, but I cannot help notice how things seem to happen with or for others just about the time that I am pondering an idea, subject, or matter. For example, I was toying with the idea of obtaining or building a road-ish style bicycle several months ago, and while I was busy with the thought process, suddenly I am finding or becoming aware of so many others who are doing very similar builds. It's not just one person or in one location either. I am finding myself involved in conversations with individuals about bicycles, building bicycles and various types of riding just doing my business about town.
Then there was the whole debate about whether my hands could handle drop bars, and I find a post about this very topic. While I wanted desperately to try these, I was unsure of whether it would work, so it was nice to find someone else who had success with these handlebars, even if our issues aren't entirely the same.
In addition to realizing that there are so many ladies out in web-land who are keeping their fabulous city/cruiser style bicycles and donning lycra clothing to participate in long rides, I have had conversataions locally with women as well. One such chat occurred just the other day with a woman in her early 70s, who is wanting to start touring, despite just starting to ride about town for a few months now. I shared with her a few websites of individuals who are making much grander tours than either she or I have aspirations of completing, and she stated that being able to make it from one side of town to the other was her only hope at this juncture in time.
Throughout this process though my question has become: Is this really happening, or am I unconsciously seeking these people and places out? Is it possible that there is a collective consciousness and that we all become aware of things around the same time and begin to make changes in our lives, regardless of our location? I do believe that we are all connected, so perhaps this is just a part of that connection, and we are all realizing the benefits of riding our bicycles around the same time, or utilizing bikes for transportation. I haven't noticed ads for bicycles or a push for bicycle advocacy anymore than what is normally around, otherwise I'd likely pass this off as commercialism and advertising at its best. It seems as though beings all across the globe are becoming aware of how quickly our planet needs to find alternative modes of getting around, and because the government seems to ignore the requests of the population for more mass transit systems, particularly to smaller cities within larger metropolitan areas, we are finding our own ways around it all.
While I cannot be certain that there is a collective awareness or consciousness, I like to believe that we are learning from the past and reaching conclusions that will bring positive results for the future.