I never learned to drive a car

I never learned to ride a bike

I wanted to learn to drive a car

I named my first bike "Jasmine"

When I was 13, I was walking to school

I never took her training wheels off,

It was the day before spring break.

Except one time, when my brother was trying to teach me

As I was crossing the street, a car ran into me.

I couldn't do it, I cried the whole time.

I fell to the ground. It didn't seem real

I haven't ridden a bike since then

I got off pretty easy with just a big bruise on my thigh

Over time it gets even harder to learn

But I can't get behind the wheel without having a panic attack.

It's not the fear of falling, it's the shame of ignorance.

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