I hit a gate and it was the best thing that happened to me!
Sound crazy? Not to me…
That day symbolizes a pivotal moment in my life.
It was another day on my bike, it was a Saturday in mid June, so the path was crowded on Rock Creek Parkway. For some reason I was determined to ride fast and furious that day.
I can remember riding as fast as I could, to catch “that guy”.
I had it in my head I had to beat him on the path. Back and forth I was “winning” then he was winning, it kept going for quite sometime.. I just kept thinking..
…This guy is not going to beat me… he is not going to beat me..he is not …. BAM!
I tumbled over my handlebars, as a gate sprung open from the impact; slamming me to the ground, flat on my back.
As I lay there breathing trying to comprehend what just happened, so many things ran through my head,
WHY didn’t I see that gate? It was huge, it took up the majority of the path.. was I hurt?
… with a path full of bikers trying to avoid my wreck, I just laid there… breathing…
Not knowing what was to come… I kept saying to myself “Just Breathe”… closing my eyes for a second, seemed like hours to me,
I opened my eyes to a Firefighter looking down at me,
“Ma’am are you okay? Can you hear me?”
I replied “Yes” and shook my head in affirmation…
That is when I saw the Fire truck and Ambulance right there waiting to cart me away..
Funny thing about the gate, that one I choose to hit, it happened to be in front of a Park Ranger Station full of Rangers and Firefighters doing their drills.
It could be viewed as totally embarrassing or just lucky as hell.
That day I will never forget for so many reasons…
It shook me up and left me wondering…
Why was I trying so hard to out run “that guy” on the path?
What was it about “him” that made me lose focus of what was in front of me, like that big huge gate?
With all those bikers on the path, why did I choose to focus on “him” rather than the path and the gate?
To this day I couldn’t even tell you what the other biker looked like, I just know that he taught me something about myself that day…
I needed to stop trying to “BEAT” that next guy or girl or next thing that comes along into my path,
I needed to FOCUS on what was and is in front of me at all times, so I can see the gates coming…
Throughout my life I have found quite a few gates that have stopped me in my tracks;
Even thrown me to the ground and each time I get back up again.
Why would I choose to keep going, if I could possibly be headed toward another gate?
Well let’s see…
That is the million-dollar question isn’t it?
Why would anyone that goes through a traumatic event or events, choose to still get up every day with hope, energy and joy for the next thing to conquer in life?
In life I have found those pivotal moments are the ones that have turned me around and helped me find what I really should be doing in life.
My life destiny may not be apparent if I am always looking in the wrong direction
Maybe it takes hitting those proverbial gates for some of us to realize
HEY!! FOCUS ON WHAT IS IN FRONT OF YOU…STOP DWELLING ON WHO OR WHAT IS BEHIND YOU…
Take it from a girl who has a few bumps and bruises… Learn from those gates that you hit along this thing called life and…
STAY FORWARD FOCUSED ON EVERYTHING YOU DO…