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The Challenges of Balancing a Bike

Most people start walking, jumping, running, skipping, and learning to control posture and balance naturally. However, riding and balancing a bike was not an easy case for me. I could not simply balance the bike. I fell even when I was using training wheels or stabilisers. The balancing and coordination failure did not stop me from riding a bike. I encountered many challenges with balancing and had to learn different balancing criteria. I practised finding the equilibrium and the concept of weight shifting while pedalling on a two-wheel bike. I started getting thoughts that I would never be able to bike as others did in my neighbourhood. Then, my parents bought me a tri-wheel bike, and they wanted me to get the feel of freedom to bike all around my neighbourhood by myself. I biked up and down on the tri-wheel bike, and I enjoyed the openness of biking fast and wanted to encompass the freedom to bike on the pavement or sidewalk. Some kids did look at me as a big kid biking on the tri-wheel bike; I did not care. My dad told me that I should learn to bike and encouraged me to get off the tri-wheel bike. He told me to believe in myself to learn from failures. I felt encouraged, and I started balancing the bike in my backyard. With my parents’ help, I balanced the bike, and I could bike normally in five weeks. My dad biked with me on his bike, and we biked all around the neighbourhood. I felt so proud and happy. I am autistic, and I can reach great heights!

Happy #AutisticPrideDay everyone!

SRSAutistic 18/06/2022 10:50 (10:50 AM)

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I admire your courage and perseverance in strength of mind and body. If you continue, you will be successful in anything you attempt.
 
I admire your courage and perseverance in strength of mind and body. If you continue, you will be successful in anything you attempt.
Never let anyone tell you, you can't. We all have limitations. But those limitations are not for anyone else to decide what they are. Only your own strength of mind over body and body over mind. I didn't know I had Aspergers until I was in my late 30s and have accomplished much more than most neurotypical people because I never had anyone telling I couldn't do it. I was just too stubborn to know my limitations so my limitations kept moving further and further away from where they had been.
 
I admire your courage and perseverance in strength of mind and body. If you continue, you will be successful in anything you attempt.
I agree with you. We all have limitations, but I believe that autism is not a disability, it is a different ability. I can reach great heights and beat the odds!
 

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