Bike brakes


When I got a bike as an adult I didn’t know how to use the brakes. The real problem was that I didn’t even know that I didn’t know. Within three minutes after getting on the bike I was in trouble.  I was headed down a hill in my neighborhood and I suddenly realized things were not going well.  I was going way too fast and the backpedaling-as-a-brake trick that I had learned when I was a child didn’t work on this bike.

This bike had handbrakes instead, and my husband, the avid bicyclist, had not taught me about them.  Suddenly I realized I couldn’t ask for help because he was too far away.  Suddenly I realized I had to figure it out on my own right there, right then. Thankfully I did, otherwise I would’ve ended up in a neighbor’s front yard, and possibly after that in the hospital. I would have come to a stop by smashing into their house.

Isn’t this a lot like life?  All the time people don’t tell us what is going on and how to get out of trouble. They expect that we should know already.  We’re in the middle of the problem and suddenly we have to figure it out.

I’ll never forget that terror, that sudden realization that I was in a whole lot of trouble really fast, and I had nobody to help me but myself.  But I’ll also never forget the calm that came over me along with the terror.  I figured it out.  I didn’t get hurt.  I was fine.  And I remembered that I have within me a God-given ability to take care of myself.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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