I went out with my mom today and I bought a bike! I’ve wanted a bike for a while but just haven’t purchased one. The last bike that I got was when I was in grade 8. My dad bought me a bike as a gift after graduating from middle school and also being appointed as the valedictorian. I was also class president in school at that time. So in order to date myself, I’ll say that this all occurred about 14 years ago..!
That bike and I had many adventures. I went bike riding all over the city with my sister and/or brother, or my friend Nickeisha. I was super athletic and strong back then and had endless energy. I guess that’s why I didn’t notice that my bike weighed a trillion pounds…! I’m glad I rode that bike near everyday that summer, as it was November of that year when I was diagnosed with Lupus. I was not well enough to bike ride for a long time. When I was, I could barely bike ride for any meaningful amount of time as the weight of my bike exhausted me so badly. If I went bike riding with my sister, she would let me ride her bike while I would ride hers as hers was much lighter.
I got discouraged. I couldn’t ride my bike because it was simply too heavy. I decided that I would get myself a brand new bike, a helmet, a bell, and all other meaningful accessories after receiving my tax return. But then I looked on the sport chek website and noticed that they were having a bike sale until May 24, so I decided to buy now, and replace the money I used to buy the bike and accessories with the money I will get when the tax return finally comes in.
I look forward to taking some time to myself to go bike riding and slowly build up some energy. Discipline will kick in when I have to tell myself I’m tired and I must stop. I think I’ll achieve that by spending the first few bike rides simply biking in the school yard across the street when school for the children is over.
I’m a happy girl!