…yeah, I know the title is a bit long, and I didn’t know how much you’d see in Google, but I knew those first few words would grab those eyeballs of yours. : )
So, how did I almost kill my sister?
Well, let me begin..
…it all started with a ten year old Barry and his trusty Honda 50. – Which he loved nothing more than jumping
onto at the weekends, and doing laps of the local football field until he ran out of gas.
One weekend however, seeing the fun I was having, my little sister wanted in on the action and charmed her way onto riding pillion behind me. – Thanks to a lot of pleading, and worming her way around my father’s finger.
Now, I don’t know if you know anything about motorbikes, but a Honda 50 on a good day would hardly pull you out of bed.
And as for the ancient one I owned, you’d be looking at ten years before it got to it’s top speed.
Which on my own, was OK.
With two however, it felt like I was driving through mud on two flat wheels.
So grumbling that I had her in tow, I carried on lap after lap, trying my best to strangle every little bit of horsepower I could.
Suddenly a miracle happened.
Hitting a small rut in the ground, my little bike found it’s power and took off back to it’s normal speed.
“Hey! What do you think now.. Denise?….Denise….?’
I looked back to see her flat out on her back lying on the ground.
So that was where my sudden speed had come from.
Circling back, I got there just as my father did. – Denise was out cold.
It probably didn’t help that she didn’t have a helmet on her, we only one at the time.
Thankfully, she came to and everything was fine, and I didn’t have her as a pillion ever again…so there was a happy ending for everyone.
Well, for me anyway. 🙂
Now you’re probably wondering, what’s my lesson?
Don’t ride pillion with a ten year old?
That it’s best to have a helmet?
All of the above, and that you too have a silent pillion on your ride, slowing you down and making you second guess everything you do.
What is it?
‘What if I do this and no one likes it?’
‘What if people unsubscribe from my emails?’
‘What about that person that wrote the review about my book, maybe they’re right and I should stop writing?’
If you do, and have an hour free, I recommend you click on the link below and listen to Sean Mize and his take on coping with rejection.
Rejection will slow you down.
Limit what you want to create.
And make you want to stay small so no one notices you.
But kick that pillion off and you’ll find growth that was strangled because of it.
Barry J McDonald.
PS – Thankfully, Mrs Mac fared a lot better when she rode pillion with me. Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever told her that story about Denise.
If only she knew…