Conquering a Fear

I visited China with my family one summer. I don’t remember exactly how long ago, but it was quite some time ago.

The quickest way to get around in the city we were visiting was on the back of a motorcycle. At the time, I was not sure whether my fear was of being transported by a stranger [and potentially kidnapped and sold on the Chinese black market] or if it was just being transported on a motorcycle.

Maybe it was a little bit of both…

So I went for a ride while up in Toronto. There were several “firsts” for me while up there – bikram yoga and now, riding a motorcycle! I have friends who ride in the Bay Area, but I never got around to asking them if they’d take me for a ride.

This photo was most definitely posed for, but I did sit on the back of Ben’s motorcycle for at least the ten minutes it takes to get to the subway station. I held on with a death grip for most of the ride. I was originally scared of any potential turns, but it ended up being the bumps that were the hardest part for me. I thought I’d come flying off the back! If I could have seen the road in front of me and anticipated them, it would’ve been easier.

Ben as he was trying to explain how to put my helmet on. My heart was beating uber fast at this point. Super nervous.

Helmet on!

I also took some photos when we were stopped at the various intersections on the way.

Another one crossed off the list: 006 – Ride a motorcycle.

I’m glad I got to try it, but I’m also okay with the fact that RV has not expressed the desire to ride or buy a motorcycle.

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  • Astrid

    Congrats! That is so exciting that you rode a motorcycle. Did you know that I don’t even have a regular driver’s license. Yup. Driving is an immense fear of mine. I panic behind the wheel. Not safe!

    • I looove driving! SF is, thankfully, a city you can get around without driving. Most cities are, so when you travel somewhere, you don’t necessarily have to rent a car. :)

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! Glad you did it! I’m all about trying to face fears and such, due to holding out you end up missing stuff. So yey!

    My in laws are really into motorcycles. I find it ironic that I’ve only been on a motorcycle once ages ago before even meeting them. Hubby wants to get one, but it’s just not a priority at the moment.

    Kind of scary from what I remember. I can’t imagine going on the freeway or anything.

  • Cool photo! The first one is definitely one to show off to the kids, haha.

  • This is why we do these lists! Right on, girl!
    Hey….you never mentioned your package! Do you still have one for me?

  • This is why we do these lists! Right on, girl!
    Hey….you never mentioned your package! Do you still have one for me?

    • Specialktreatment
    • I received your package, but I ate it all in one sitting. :P Seriously, I got it at work, and was like… I feel like gummies and chocolate. PERFECT… And so I should have taken photos, but I didn’t. :(

  • Nal

    it’s way funner at 140 km/hr on the highway, hahaha.

  • Nal

    it’s way funner at 140 km/hr on the highway, hahaha.

    • at that speed, i’d be inclined to hold onto ben for dear life. ;) on the slower roads, i just held the back of my seat.

  • Oh my God. You are awesome. Haha. I’m surprised you managed to take photos. The last time I was on the back of a motorcycle I was holding on for dear life.

  • Oh my God. You are awesome. Haha. I’m surprised you managed to take photos. The last time I was on the back of a motorcycle I was holding on for dear life.

    • I only took photos when the motorcycle was stopped, and I knew the light wouldn’t turn green very soon. My palms were sweaty, and I was glad I wore deodorant. ;)

  • Awesome!! I’m all for people conquering their fears, and nothing beats being able to cross a big scary one off your list. Way to go :)

  • Yayyy!!! Way to conquer that fear! My old boyfriend had a Harley that I absolutely loved being on. A little scary at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is SO beautiful being able to see so much on the back :)

  • Yayyy!!! Way to conquer that fear! My old boyfriend had a Harley that I absolutely loved being on. A little scary at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is SO beautiful being able to see so much on the back :)

  • Quinn

    If you ever want to learn to ride solo, I highly recommend Bay Area Motorcycle Training – San Francisco – http://www.motorcycleschool.com. I loved the course I took there.

  • Quinn

    If you ever want to learn to ride solo, I highly recommend Bay Area Motorcycle Training – San Francisco – http://www.motorcycleschool.com. I loved the course I took there.

    • Who knows? I might be brave enough one day. :) Thanks for the info.