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New Year's Resolution

Posted Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 9:34 AM

We all learned how to ride a bike when we were younger, and most of us haven't ridden a bike since we starting driving cars. Well, I have always heard that you never forget how to ride a bike, and that may be true, but from my own experience you might forget some of the techniques. The technique I forgot recently was to just keep peddling. Needless to say, I am in my mid 30's and falling off a bike has dramatically changed since we were children.

First of all let me tell you about how all this went down. My friend's bike was sitting outside their home and as soon as I saw the bike, it was love at first sight. I had to ride this bike. So as I prepared to hop on, my husband says to me, "I don't think that's a good idea". Since I don't really listen to him anyway, I chuckled and just kept on with my venture. I'm now on the bike, but haven't quite taken off yet. My husband again pipes up and says, "Your feet aren't even touching the ground; I really don't think this is a good idea". I still did not listen and began the push off. My ride ended before it began. I then ran into the front of a parked car and then fell off the bike, off the sidewalk onto the concrete parking lot.

All the way to the ground I just kept thinking, "Please don't break a rib, please don't break a rib". So, I am now on the ground, my husband and friend get the bike off of me, and then I was able to get myself off the ground. I expected laughter, but no one was laughing. I even told them, "It's okay, you can laugh". They all looked at me and were shaking their heads no. As far as I know no one else saw this, but if they did they could easily turn this into "America's Funniest Home Videos".

So, I'm up off of the ground and the pain starts to set in. I didn't realize it, but I had my left hand clinched and my pinky finger was bright red. My husband attempted to touch it, to which I responded, "Are you crazy? Don't touch it". I then start to feel pain in my left knee area. One of the handle bars "got me" right in the rib cage, but nothing felt out of place. I knew I was going to be in pain in the morning. As my friends and I are checking me out to make for sure nothing was broken, I was having hard time breathing and one little, single tear rolls down my cheek. I felt like I was 5 years old again. I wanted my mommy. I even said to my husband, "I want my mom". We all figured that I just knocked the breath out of me, hence why I was breathing strangely. Total prognosis was that I did not break any bones, no scratches, but I knew that I was bruising as we were still standing there. Over the next couple of days this humongous bruise developed on my leg, to the point it was difficult to walk, sleep, or do anything that my leg had to participate in. This bruise was not a normal color either. It was black as night from the very start.

Needless, to say everything has healed. My husband asked me jokingly, would I like a bike for Christmas? "Of course", I say to him. He couldn't believe his ears. I'm not the kind of person that you can keep down. If you fall off horse or in my case a bike, you get back on and ride. Life has its own ups and downs, but we can't let that keep us down.

With New Years on its way this week, instead of making unattainable resolutions, why don't we all try something a little easier? Let's try being positive. How about trying not to gripe and complain? Simple changes in our attitudes and minds can make a huge difference. Not only will your outlook on life be different, you will actually add years to your life. So if you mess up and notice you are complaining or being negative about a situation, don't just fall off the horse or bike and give up. Get up, dust yourself off and try it again.


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Sorry Vic, but I do wish I had been there with a video camera, ha!! jk, glad you weren't hurt too bad. I love riding bikes, but it's too hard on this ole' gals knees now :(

-- Posted by donecky on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 7:05 PM

ok vicky this is too funny.i love ya honey but you should have listened to your hubby.

-- Posted by E.D.LOURANCE on Tue, Jan 11, 2011, at 10:28 PM


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