My “new” college student is managing the usual challenges of being a freshman in a new city. He is learning about his professors. He is learning about digital presentations. He is even learning his way around his community. Yet, there is one thing he had to learn that most people take for granted to make this all possible.
He had to learn to ride a bike.
Something as simple as riding a bike isn’t necessarily simple to someone on the spectrum.
Thankfully, Lan was up to the challenge and his favorite aunt was more than willing to teach him.
It was not without its challenges.
It was probably nerve-wracking for the both of us!
He persevered through those initial falls and gashes.
He persevered through a broken guard and loose chains.
He persevered in the summertime heat.
Lan persevered because he wanted to go away to school and riding a bike made that feasible. What most people view as a recreational pastime is essential to him not only getting to school but also the grocery store, Target and most anywhere without depending on anyone.
Lan wants the freedom to come and go as he pleases.
It didn’t take him long to ride beyond the comfort zone of the school and make it to Starbucks. Now, Lan is just one of many kids riding his bike to school.
Like everyone else.
He is proud of himself and he should be.
He rose to the challenge and past the temporary frustration. He is becoming confident in his abilities to take care of himself.
And I am grateful.
One of the last things he asked me before I returned home was, “When can I get my driver’s license?”
I told him, “We’ll get around to it. Let’s just concentrate on the bike for now.”
Well, Hurricane Irma gave him some time away from school and time with his Uncle. A few days later Lan posted this.
This kid has taught me that determination can move mountains. He has taught me not to panic at the first sign of trouble. But most of all, he has taught me to remember he has his own hopes and dreams.
He wants to enjoy life, liberty and pursue happiness.
The road to freedom looks good on him.
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
1 Peter 2:15-16 NKJV