Mario and Contra were the popular games during our time growing up. We used to play them a lot, but riding our bicycles was more fun than playing video games. We played video games for almost half an hour, then we used to take our bicycles for a ride and try learning some stunts. When I was riding my bicycle, I thought I was Evel Knievel. The nurses in the hospital kept trying to convince me that I was not. I would visit them every week, blood soaked, after I would try death defying jumps over the creek by my house. Vijay and I would ride our bicycles to the creek.
I would dare Vijay to jump, but I was usually the only one that tried. I would end up crashing into the rocks 15 feet below, ending up battered, bloody and bruised. I would also visit the nurses after walking my dog, Jake. I learned that walking Jake was a very bad idea. Jake decided to drag me full speed, face first, into the concrete the entire length of my block. The only thing that stopped him was wrapping me around a telephone pole. Not only did he drag me down the concrete, he dragged me off a porch that was five foot off the ground, and into my grandpa’s garden to chase a blind snake.
The doctors and nurses were the “lifelines that stitched or stapled me up after my encounters with crashing my bicycle, or walking my dog. My mother was there to take me to the hospital for the medical attention I needed. She discussed the right and wrong ways of doing things with me. It was obvious the car rides to and from the hospital did not help, as I visited the hospital on a weekly basis. My mother used to get very upset with me because of my foolhardy acts. I missed many days of school, but I was still an average student.
My mom wanted me to focus on my studies. She also wanted me to get involved with sports, and stop doing death defying jumps and stunts on my bicycle. On my 10th birthday, my mom gave me a soccer ball for my birthday gift. I was not happy, because I was hoping to get a new bicycle, as mine was getting old. Eventually, I started playing soccer with Vijay and other friends. Slowly, I started enjoying soccer rather than riding my bicycle. My mother was very happy to see me spending more time with Vijay and my friends playing soccer rather than riding my bicycle.
I started watching soccer games, both in person and on the television. I also went to school for soccer practice. I was getting good at soccer. I got the chance to play for the school team. When I was twelve, I got the chance to play for the inter-school soccer championship. Though we didn’t win the championship, I was recognized as the Most Valuable Player (MVP). I was very happy with my achievement, but my mom was happier than I was. A few days after the end of the inter-school championship, I was awarded a scholarship from my school. That was one of the happiest days of my life.
My entire family rejoiced with me due to my achievement. Since then, I have never touched my bicycle again. As you can see, I have many wonderful events that have been both memorable and influential. Riding my bicycle taught me that I would never be successful as a stunt man. Walking Jake taught me to have smaller dogs as an adult. And, playing soccer helped me achieve my school success that I enjoy today. The choices I made in the past have brought me to who I am today. All of these events helped me make a better decision as I grew up. If given the chance, I would not change a thing.