As a single Mom of two boys, I find it easier to relay messages to my sons, or anyone else, when giving examples. Recently, while speaking to my teen, I brought up the subject of unicycles and bicycles.
The unicycle and bicycle are pedal-driven vehicles powered by human effort.
A unicycle has one wheel. It has no handlebar. It has no brakes. It can hold no packages, unless they are on the rider’s person. A unicycle has the basics. No more. No less. Its rider must learn to pedal, while steering and maintaining their balance, unaided.
A bicycle has at two wheels. It has handlebars that the rider can use to steer, balance or rest. It has brakes. It can be outfitted with a basket to carry packages or people. It can pull other items. It is expandable. Growing as the rider’s needs grow.
The unicycle and the bicycle can only remain upright when in motion. Every turn of the body, bump on the road, or red light up ahead, can alter that. Others in the road can also cause them to tumble. Shifting packages or unexpected potholes in the road can do the same. Problems can also occur when a rider is coasting, going to fast or not focused on their destination.
In the end, both can get you to your destination; however, you can only choose to ride one at a time…
Which one would you choose?