Devin A Collins
A Biker’s Rant
Risks are important to the growth and development of every single person. As a male motorcyclist currently attending college I certainly believe that risks are a huge part of my life and the contributing aspect to what helps me grow and develop as an individual. More times than I can count I have been approached by family, friends, and strangers alike. Criticized for the risk I am taking by riding. I already know that riding is dangerous, telling me will not be a revelation. There are ways I can reduce the risk of riding: by cautiously riding, knowing mine and my motorcycle’s limits, and by staying sober; I also know there are many conditions that are out of my control. So many people have become so habitually resistant to risks that it is unimaginable to take on any other risk despite the enjoyable outcome. You know what is more dangerous? Living without taking any risks at all. Walking through life with unanimous middle-of-the-roaders. If you don’t understand that, that is perfectly fine. I’m not trying to change the way you think, but here are a few things to give us a few less arguments. Don’t tell me about the nightmare of a tale about your Father’s best friend who totaled his “crotch rocket” while wheeling at some event with hooligans. It only makes me wish it was your dad’s friend talking to me instead of you, he’d be pretty awesome. If you really care all that much about my safety, don’t spread your omniscient wisdom to me. Just do this one thing, pay attention to the road. Keep your cheeto-dust covered hands away from texting, hang up the phone, signal when you’re turning, and please tone down the alcohol consumption before you drive. You do your part and I’ll more than gladly do mine. But man, wing-suit flying, that’s crazy.