One scorching, June afternoon when I was 13 years old, I was sitting in the living room at my dad’s house while everyone else was outside. Instead of going camping this year, my dad decided that we would go floating down the river, and do other fun activities without leaving home for a whole week. My sister, Madi, had her boyfriend over riding the blue four wheeler with the clutch, and my brother, Kannon, was riding his red dirt bike. It was nice having the house to myself, but that eventually got boring.
As my boredom grew, I decided to go outside and ride our automatic yellow four wheeler. However, as I was walking up to the four wheeler, Kannon mounts the vehicle and takes off; I am instantly furious. I go to my step-mother, Jenny, to complain, and she is on my side completely, but Kannon would not listen to her. So we go talk to the higher authority, dad. On the contrary, he was on Kannon’s side and told me this was a perfect time to learn how to ride a dirt bike. I was totally against the idea; however I did not want to go back to my boring reclusiveness inside. So after some coaxing, my father convinced me it would be enjoyable and that it was simple to ride.
Now, dad’s instructions of “this is the gas and this is the brake” were not very elaborate...
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...dure stitches inside and outside of my leg. This also meant that I had to receive several numbing shots. I was sewn up eventually, and had a syringe hanging out of the gash to drain fluids. I was given a brace and crutches and ordered to keep my leg straight for two weeks.
From this experience, I missed out on family vacation with my dad, and had to get my stitches cut out when I was on vacation with my mom. I also learned a very valuable lesson from this summer debacle. I learned that if you are not comfortable with doing something, you do not have to do it. Peer pressure causes risky decisions 97% of the time, and in my case that was all too real. I have not been on a dirt bike since the accident, and do not plan on riding one ever again. It is okay to get out of your comfort zone sometimes. but do not allow peer pressure to make you do something you will regret.
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