Reconfiguring the Rickshaw

There are manifold ways for us to progress through life, to get from here to there, to meander from one phase of life to another. Some do it gracefully and others…not so much. But, when it comes down to it, we’re each on our own little rickshaw—supplying the sedan chair, the wheels, and the pedal power that impels us along this journey.


Some Rickshaw aficionados claim that three wheels make for a smoother ride than a mere two, but others disagree. The thing about third wheels is that they can often weigh things down and make the entire structure more cumbersome. So, my question to you is this: in what aspect of your life are you your own third wheel?


Ah ha! Not so easy to answer is it, Grasshopper? So, I’ll rephrase my Asian-influenced question: where are you getting in your own way?


There are many, many different reasons we hit bumps in the road. When I was first learning to drive, I found that I liked hitting potholes. What was that about? I still don’t know; but I went out of my way, gleefully, to hit as many potholes as possible. Somehow, the disruption and the jolting of the car thrilled me—it was only later that I gained an understanding of the consequence$$ to my diesel VW Rabbit. But, as the above example makes plain, I was the reason I kept hitting such bumps, not to mention the costly repairs that followed. So now we go back to you: where are you driving yourself into a ditch? What is it that you are doing, as you pull your own rickshaw, that disrupts your alignment?


Using my two wheel versus three wheel analogy, it may be something as ubiquitous as approaching an aspect of your life the way you’ve been taught by well meaning others-who are very different rickshaw drivers than you—or, perhaps you hold assumptions that “serious” rickshaws have three wheels. After all, who wants one of those bargain basement brands that only have two? They seem so unstable and, well, less glitzy. Perhaps. But, they have their advantages. And, the converse is equally relevant: if you’ve landed in a world of three wheel rickshaws but have always been attracted to the increased flexibility of just two, what’s restraining you from changing your current configuration?


Maybe you worry that such changes will throw off the balance of the contraption and the rickshaw will collapse or turn over. Maybe you don’t believe you have the finesse to handle one of those less predictable two wheelers. Maybe you feel ashamed for wanting the increased stability that comes with a third wheel. But, at the end of the day, nobody but you is keeping you from changing things up. And it’s your ride!


Do you get me? This is your personal wheelie thing. (Back in seventh grade, I remember classmates who used to decorate their lockers with cartoons from the New Yorker magazine that nobody could understand—and certainly not twelve year olds. Why did they do that? Nobody else was looking at their locker décor. It was assigned to them for their personal use but they chose features they hoped would enhance their image, never mind that they made no sense.)


So my point about reconfiguring is to remind you that you are the driver, the owner, and the maintenance crew of your contraption. Sure, your buggy will get you from Point A to B no matter the number of wheels, but if you feel more aligned to one design versus another, as a Re-booter, shouldn’t you get out of your own way and enjoy the ride?



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One Response to “Reconfiguring the Rickshaw”

  1. grasshopper Says:

    grasshopp-ah agree. Third wheel unnecessary.

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