Broken Bones, Scabbed Knees and Steel Resolve

by Melissa
(Vancouver, BC)

Broken Bones, Scabbed Knees and Steel Resolve

I am not the biggest person in the world, but I am often the one who can’t shut her trap. I am not possessed of an off switch either- if it sounds fun I will give it a try, at least once. I have wrecked a bike because I was told you cannot hit a particular curve at a particular speed. The first time that I managed to squeak by with my life should have served as the caution, but it only flagged my inner demons to try it again only faster. My first words when I came to were “did I make it?” The doctors actually laughed at me.

I take on challenges great and small with a vivacious appetite for life or self destruction; I have not quite figured out which. I got into a fight with a woman much larger than me over a pair of ugly shoes. To this day I swear those were the ugliest shoes I had ever seen. And to this day I swear I did not know she could hear me. I stayed on my feet the whole time, darting and ducking and thanking goodness that I was so short and so nimble. Had she gotten hold of me, I am proud but not stupid, she would have cleaned my clocks, but good. I made it out of that with a slight shiner and a really good story to tell.

My friend Tim is a giant of a man. He stands over a foot taller than me. The bike he rides is ginormous. Some fool felt compelled to tell me that I couldn’t ride it. Note to my friends and family: never say couldn’t, instead say shouldn’t; I can accept that word far more gracefully. Let’s just say that the little angel on my shoulder fell off a long time ago, unable to keep up with me and my headstrong, reckless ways. Let’s also just say for the record that anyone who cares about their bike does not let someone half their size ride and wreck it. The nasty comment he wrote on my cast included the phrase “paint job” although I don’t think I could technically do it in the manner that he suggested.

I have broken bones, scabbed my knees and gotten my eyes blacked. I once wore what looked like a skid mark on my chin for an entire month. Seeing that I was a bridesmaid just a few days after the event in question, it’s a wonder I lived at all; the bride, a non-biking, non-daredevil woman, did not understand.

Through all of this, there has been one thing that is always true and always firmly in place. I have a steel resolve that starts at the top of my brassy blonde head and ends with my apparently nerves of steel. I am off; someone said they were giving free skydiving lessons at the airfield.

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May 07, 2010
My Question
by: Ibbie

Have u learned from this?????? and I hope u keep at it.

May 06, 2010
Stunt Woman
by: Lynn - SW FL

Sounds like you would be an excellent candidate for a stunt woman. If you were a man, it would be called "short shit syndrome". Only kidding, but sometimes we short women don't like to be told we "can't" do something. I understand completely.

May 06, 2010
Wow...I have to say it
by: Judy

..but you sound like a total idiot who is as immature as you are foolish.

You let people "bait" you and you fall for it every time, from what you just wrote. Doing things for emotional and irrational reasons don't make you brave, just STUPID.

You need to grow up and figure out the difference between being trying to prove to the world how daring you supposedly think you are, and actually doing stuff because you want to, want to become better, and not because someone challenged you on a base emotional level.

You sound like you're a 14 year old boy full of testosterone stuck in a small woman's body...with an even smaller brain to go with it.

Good luck to you, as you sure as hell need it.

May 06, 2010
With age comes wisdom.... or NOT!!!
by: Anonymous

Yes, I know, I too have that same outlook, but it is tempered now by time. When the "little voice" speaks... listen! It is so much better than beating yourself over the head with the words... I KNEW I SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT THE SECOND TIME!!!

May 05, 2010
Broken Bones etc.
by: Anonymous

Rock on Girl!

May 05, 2010
Broken Bones
by: robin


OMG..you are unreal..I don't know whether to admire or admonish you!!!!

I am happy that you are alive to tell the tale! I have to say that riding is forming a steel resolve in me that I didn't know was there and is carrying over to all areas of my life...

Thanks for sharing...


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