I’ve been debating whether or not to post these thoughts, but they have been sitting heavily on my heart; so here goes.
Since Matt’s accident I have had such a strong desire to grab, shake, and yell at everyone I know who rides a motorbike “STOP IT! IT’S NOT WORTH IT! It’s not worth the risk, the danger, the pain, the hurt, the sadness, the despair, the grief, the depression, the loneliness, and the loss.”
I know that it is not necessarily the right response to Matt’s tragic accident…but it’s all I’ve got right now. I know that I don’t have the right to tell people what to do, but I wish someone had grabbed Matt and yelled these things at him years ago.
Matt loved riding his bike. I can not deny him that. He has been doing it for years; both for leisure and for transport. And he was good at it; he was great at it actually. I also enjoyed riding with him. I always felt safe on the back of his bike, (especially after I reminded him that I was putting my life in his hands)!
One thing I would like to say though: if you are riding a bike because it is cheaper or simply ‘fun’, I would strongly encourage you to think of your safety. Matt and I justified his riding 100kms to and from work every day because the fuel was cheaper than if he was driving a car. I regret this EVERY day. If possible, please learn from this tragedy.
You can’t put a price on a life.