Okays, so if you know me then you that I ride me little bike everywhere (aka chick magnet). But today, I walk out in the backyard where I keep it to find that it has been thrown against the back fence. The kick stand was broken off, the handle bars were bent, the chain was dislocated, and in it was generally beaten up.
I call my dad to inquire as to why this happened, and he tells me that he did it because I forgot to take out the trash again. He then tells me he has to go. I'm standing there completely shocked and sad that this has happened. I mean, I've been having a really lousy week (been sick, problems with my bank, unable to pick up some meds I need to function) and now this happens! The worst part is part is I'm thinking to myself that I'll have to ask my dad to fix my bike because he's been telling me all my life that I'm "mechanically inept" and that I suck at fixing anything. I'm really upset for a while now, when suddenly it occurs to me, wait a minute, why can't I fix my own bike? Why can't I figure it out? WHY!? So, I diagnose all the problems my bike has (hopefully anyway lol) and I log online to see what I can. It turns out that ALL of THEM are within my capabilities of repair. I find the right tools, I'm keep a cool head, I remain focused, and I stick to it and within no time, I'm ready to go! THANK YOU SCIENCE!
I know a large part in this story is my change in attitude towards myself and my outlook. The more and more science I read, the more I want to learn, the more I want to be able to figure things out. Now six months or a year ago, it would probably be alot different. I probably would gotten really upset, and I would have cried and moped for a while. But I'm better than that now. If I can fix my bike (yeah yeah yeah those are simple problems but maybe I can fix now the even harder ones!!) who knows what I can do?! Honestly I haven't felt this optimistic in a very long time. YAY FOR SCIENCE AND FREE INQUIRY!