I never really knew how to ride a bike well. When I was a kid my dad showed me the ropes of mastering training wheels, and then we moved to a house that didn’t have a safe place to continue learning. After that, I just never really messed with riding a bicycle. After the move, I ended up becoming an indoorsy person, which is a shame because I missed out on a lot of outdoor fun.
If I remember correctly, the last time I tried riding a bike was with my friend in the 5th grade. She had a spare bike and took it upon herself to teach me how to actually ride. It was AWFUL. It felt like I was a baby horse trying to walk for the first time.
No matter how hard I try, I will never forget that day. As we began riding her bikes, I slammed my front tire into her back one. The next thing I knew, I was in the air flying over the handles. For a split second everything went black, and I had the wind knocked out of me. We weren’t even a block away from her house, which is the most humiliating thing about it all.
Unfortunately for me, there were plenty of witnesses that saw the whole ordeal. Every kid on her street that we went to school with happened to be outside.
After more than a decade of not touching a bicycle I decided to change that. Today I decided was the day I was going to ride my bike without any fear. Since the weather was beautiful today, I just went for it. I hooked up my bike to my bike rack, which took forever. If I keep this up, I’m going to have Mr. Olympus’ arms. Also, if you’re wondering about my dirty leg in the picture above, it was the result of my oily bike chain rubbing against my leg.
I’m really glad I ended up riding my bike today. Riding my bike down the desolate flooded country roads was so surreal. My music was playing and the wind was blowing through my hair, it was the perfect day.
I ended up taking a few pictures to get back into my photography. I love feeling this way. I couldn’t imagine living a life without my camera. It would be absolute torture. So that ended up being my day today.
What was your day like?
P.S. This was the song I had an repeat 🙂