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“You can’t do that,” the voice whispers in my head, “You’re too clumsy and inexperienced.”
I’m slumped over my bike, tears pricking my eyes as I look ahead of me at the long downhill single-track, the dust of my riding partners fading ahead of me. I have so far to go and I’m starting to panic.
I can’t do this, I think to myself.
I pull the bike off the trail and sit down for a moment to gather my thoughts.
They come tumbling out. I can’t do this. Who am I to think I can learn how to ride? I’m too wimpy and afraid of hurting myself. My friends are never going to want to ride with me. Heck, I don’t even want to ride with me right now.
What will they think of me?
I allow the tears to spill out. I’m embarrassed and frustrated.
I know I can do this. I’ve ridden this trail before! What happened? Why is today suddenly feeling so hard?
I can do this. I’ve done it before.
These thoughts begin to gain a little more focus as I breath in the fresh air of the forest. I take another deep breath and stand up. I look down the trail again.
I can do this.
I’ll just take it slow and remember to smile. Relax, I remind myself, you’ve done this before. (more…)