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Motorcycle lessons and getting past ruts in the road

From the February 2022 issue of The Christian Science Journal

My husband taught me how to ride a motorcycle many years ago. Before I even got on the bike, the first step was to make sure I had the right equipment. I needed a helmet, goggles, gloves, and protective clothing. The next step was to actually get on the motorcycle. 

Before going anywhere, though, I needed to know how to accelerate, shift, and stop. After I received instructions I was ready to begin. Learning to balance was a major step, and I found I needed to plant my feet firmly on the ground when I wasn’t moving so I would not fall.

It took practice to gain confidence and silence fear. Perhaps the biggest challenge for me was to be sure to look exactly where I would like to go. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, when I used to ride in the hills and came to a rut or crevice in the road, I would invariably look at the rut instead of where I wanted to go. And into the rut I’d go! It was not fun, but I could not seem to stop myself. My husband pointed out that I must look in the exact place I wanted my tire to go. 

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