I did it! It seemed so small until I was standing face to face with Ms. Pinky. Although the dust had settled on her rims and her front tire was a little low she stood proud, waiting to be rode.
I waddled out slowly feeling every step fearful of the next terrain, I may face in the backyard. Taking several extra steps to avoid any ‘Princeton’ holes he has created lately. I unlock the garage door and there she stood. As I approached Ms. Pinky she almost seemed to stretch up a little taller as to say, “Shew, I am glad to see you! I thought you had forgotten me. I was pretty sure I was correct, when March came and went and you didn’t even swipe your fingers across my back, in mourning that we weren’t riding.”
I assured her we were safe as I wobbled, while pushing her out the door. Finally! We are in the sunshine!
Then I began to swing my right leg over and pedal like never before. What? Ouch! Ohh I forgot my left leg is in recovery, just a few fractures awhile ago, but it’s now time to ride again. As the fear and a tinge to remind me continued to persist I caught myself talking out loud. (I hope no one drives by and catches me).
“Teena, leg and Pinky you can do this…switch legs and slowly lift your left leg over…”
I did it. Slow and methodically I planted my right leg and slowly lifted the left as if my entire scene were in slow motion. Then I centered myself and attempted to evenly distribute my weight. Breathe in and out, concentrate, feel how awesome it is to ride. (My mind races with encouraging thoughts ).
Push with one foot, balance, keep talking, feel the motion, the excitement. A little wobbly at first a few stops that were terrifying!!! Why? Because I didn’t realize how much I utilized my left leg. But I kept focusing on the feeling while riding until….I did it! I pushed forward one pedal then the next until the rotation was smooth and the fear was gone. The wind swiftly messed up my hair, my leg felt whole and my emotions were freeing. Yes, some fear creeped in at times, but it was a short lived emotion!
I am so happy. I am celebrating each accomplishment. Each step I take, bicycle ride I experience, adventure I embark on; they are all a part of my experience and I am grateful to experience them all. I am grateful to live, feel, love and embrace life. I am grateful for you. Yes, you are a blessing for reading my post and I hope you find how you are a blessing to others. I also hope you find happiness. Thank you for reading. God Bless!