A few years ago, I realized that I didn't really feel like myself, any more. I was dissatisfied with my life, and just generally felt as though something was out of sync. I wasn't able to put my finger on it, for a long time, but it finally came to me that I no longer felt like a a "cyclist".
I was riding on the weekends, but that was about it. I had become a "guy that rides a bike", rather than a "cyclist". And, while it may actually be a bit shallow of me, I really identify myself as a few "ists": bicyclist,, motorcyclist, guitarist, artist....You get the picture.
So, I started commuting to work. At first, I only planned on riding every day in May (my birth month). I found it so gratifying, that I just kept doing it.
Now, my commute is a very important part of my life. People ask me, in bad weather or when I'm obviously coming down with something, if I want a ride home. I try to explain to them that the ride is not a burden. It is, in truth the opposite. It is a freedom, a feeling of self-reliance that satisfies me deeply.
I am, once again, a "real cyclist". I'm "me", again.