Kris states, "Nothing about riding motorcycles has come naturally for me." That was me, too. First, I was told by everyone that I could never do it, I didn't "look" like a biker, I was too old (58), didn't fit the profile. And, besides, I'd be risking my life!

While learning, I broke my wrist and my collarbone (two separate incidences). I failed my first two riding tests and broke the clutch handle my first shaky foray across the parking lot in second gear (maybe my friends were right?) but I pushed through the humiliation and embarrassment. I persisted against the raised eyebrows because there was some undefinable thing inside my heart and gut, driving me that I still cannot explain, 11 years later. I mastered the skills that confounded me those first few months and even years (those tight in-road u-turns!) ... and my bike is now my best friend. We are one and I've never regretted my decision.

I want all new riders to understand that some pick up the skills right away; some, like me, don't. That does not mean we are not capable of being good riders. You may sustain some scrapes and bruises when you're first learning but bodies heal. You may feel embarrassed when you drop your bike but no one ever died of embarrassment. Your family and friends may tell you it's too dangerous ... but so is life itself. You will succeed if you keep at it and, as Kris says, presume that you are competent and capable. Mindset is critical. You can make your dream to be a good rider come true with patience and persistence. Don't give up!

Christine Jacobson
Everett, WA
Thursday, September 24, 2020