Recently, I’ve had very good reason to get to know Perseverance on a personal level. My husband and a few of my friends all ride motorcycles. And I’ve always wanted to. Back in high school (so many years ago that I really don’t want to admit just how long), I did have a MoPed (a type of motorized bicycle that was so very 80s), so I decided to take the Basic Motorcycle Safety course offered here in California and get my license and join the crowd. The class was 2-part: one part classroom and one part riding. The classroom was easy, almost a no-brainer for anyone with common sense (or would that be Wisdom?) It was the riding part that was the problem. You see, I’d never driven anything that used a clutch or shift – this was all brand new to me. And the class was going much too fast for my poor brain. Realizing that the best thing for me to do was to bow out for the time being (and showing the Courage to do what was best for me) and come back after I’ve had a bit more time working on the ‘shifting’ thing. I can hear you saying “Ok, so you’ve exhibited Wisdom and Courage, but Perseverance?”
In the Dedicant’s Handbook, Perseverance is defined as “Drive; the motivation to pursue goals even when that pursuit becomes difficult.” I will ride. It will take time; I will be getting a freeway-legal scooter (specifically a Suzuki Burgman 650), but I need to save up a bit more for it. But I will ride. And the scooter will be bought by June 2011. I’m getting the scooter first so that I can re-learn how to balance on two wheels at high speed without adding in the needing to learn shifting and clutching at the same time. After this has become second nature, I’ll con my boyfriend into teaching me to drive a stick-shift (he has a truck), and after I’m comfortable with that – I’ll be getting a small motorcycle to work with. I’m willing to take the considerable time that it will take, but it will be done.
And worth it.
As Henry David Thoreau says “What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.”