When I was in twelfth grade I hit a tree.
I may have shared this story before in various places already.
I hit this tree going at least a minimum of 20 MPH on a mountain bike.
I hit the tree so hard the front tire was bent out of shape and unrideable. I had to walk it up and out of the woods.
I had a helmet on, but that only protected my head.
At the point of impact, as i unwrapped myself from the tree, i just remember my entire left side feeling numb.
I could still move, but the wind was knocked out of me.
I struggled to catch my breath
I couldn’t focus
nothing else mattered
my arm and leg were moving, but i didn’t really feel anything.
Nothing in my fingers or toes,
or my heart.
just stepped back and thought, what just happened.
then the pain began.
not painful and unbearable.
but a soreness, an emptiness that lingered just enough for me to know something was off.
something big just happened.
i think i hit the tree again
or at least about to.