I'm at work so this is all the more poiniant...RhadamYgg wrote:I have confirmed that a fatality this past weekend was a cousin of one of the guys I works with wife. He leaves behind two young children.
The circumstances I have so far is this:
He was riding with two other riders in a turn. He either saw something or tried to avoid something mid-turn and lost control of his motorcycle.
I have no idea of high-side or low side. Apparently there was a fixed object involved. He was wearing a helmet (not known if it was a real helmet or a plastic dinner plate). He died of internal injuries.
He is described as a veteran rider. Other than the helmet I don't know about any of the other gear.
My friend indicates we may not know exactly what happened. My best guess is that he didn't like something about the turn and laid in some braking mid-turn.
Of course, today (he died Saturday, wake/funeral were Monday/Tuesday) my friend returned to work and probably came straight to my office indicating that I should sell my bike in the next year.
It has made me want to write something with the title of "Life, Death and the Risk and Benefits of Riding Motorcycles".
I don't know the age of the victim but it really doesn't matter. We live in a world that is full of death. It really doesn't matter how safe we try to make ourselves, it can come from the anywhere. If we try too hard to keep ourselves completely safe, we commit the little death and our soul freezes. You say he was a veteran rider. That means to me that he rode a lot and he liked to ride. Maybe he died doing something that he liked doing. I can think of worse deaths. May he find peace is all that I ask of the Lord.
I do however grieve for all those he left behind. They had no part in the accident but their father, husband, friend is no longer with them. It is they who have to shoulder the passing of a rider into the night. For their sakes, I pray that God is merciful.
You say your friend wants you to sell your bike. Is that what you want? For we all will die in the end. It is how we live in the meantime that determines our quality of life. Do what your heart wants you to do. For it is better to have a bright and shining life then one full of darkness. Be true to yourself.
I'm a paramedic and I pick up the pieces. So I am costantly reminded how frail the human condition is. However, I still ride. I take precautions and they have worked in the past but one day they won't. But whatever happens, I still live for now. I won't die before my time worrying about what could happen. It may seem passe now but I find joy in every breath I breathe in and out. I won't hold my breath out of fear.