Happy Birthday to Monica Monge-Taylor . I am linking to her Birthday Month Bash blog hop. Happy 50th. I passed that on the road quite a while ago. The blog hop starts at Monica’s blog – Taylor Made Cards 4 U. Our cards should represent a journey we have taken – so I am showing and telling you about mine.
My husband had a motorcycle when we were dating – I believe it was a Kawasaki – but then came love, then came marriage, then came a couple baby carriages. We all grow up faster than we expect to. The children grew and left for college and we became empty nesters. So at the age of 46, I decided I wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle. I got a cheap one from a friend and hubby even made me rebuild some parts of it so I would learn more. I wish I could find those pictures – hubby had a great time documenting – while laughing. But I did it and I learned to ride. We then got matching Hondas. Mine was a VLX and I enjoyed riding. Although I always seemed to have butterflies and a hard time with left turns.
About a year later, I also decided to take another risk. I quit my cubicle job and started my own consulting business. Unfortunately, my big steps colided. I spent a month getting my new office ready next door. The first weekend after I quit the job, I ran into a guardrail with my bike. Sideways. It broke off the peg of the motorcycle and did a good job on my ankle too. I shattered all the bones in my ankle. Got to ride in an ambulance! Got a ticket for failure to control (insult to injury). Luckily, my business was in computers and I could work from a laptop in bed and managed to get it off the ground.
Enough that I could get hubs a Harley for Christmas-Birthday-Anniversary gifts – for a few years. I rode behind him for awhile but then started having some hip problems and it became too painful. About 10 years after the accident I decided to try the class again. I had seen the latest Harley Davidson trikes and wanted to see if I could manage being on a motorcycle again. After the class, I took one of the trikes out for a test run.
And that was it. I was in LOVE!!! Sign the papers! So what if it cost more than my first house. And this is my baby – she is 5 years old now. I had to take a year off from riding because of a new grandson – but planning to get back out on her this year. Excuse the background – it gets a bit crowded in our garage.
The first addition to the trike was my dragonfly decals. That made her mine. We have added a few other blings during the years, but the dragonflies are how I know her.
So Happy Birthday Monica — know that it is never to late to follow your dreams. And I hope you all enjoyed my RIDE journey.