Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Split-Second Convos

So I'm sure we've all had the same kind of experience, where something happens and we have this whole conversation with ourselves, reason things out, come to conclusions, laugh.... all in the space of .025 seconds. It's an amazing thing, how fast your brain works. Here's an illustration. Haha Story time!! So last night I rode my bike over to my friend's house for our weekly gossip girl night. Then I'm riding back, and I reach with my right hand to turn on the light, so that I'm safe, I do try and be safe. And I realized I was coming up to a road so I thought, oh I should slow down, which I then do with my left hand. Anyone who knows a bike knows that the front brake is on the left and the back brake is on the right. So when I did that, I hit the front brake. Future warning.... NEVER DO THAT. Just hitting the front brake is so not a good idea, it causes you to flip over your handlebars and slide down the asphalt tearing up your side. But here's the point of the story, in the time that I subconsciously decided I needed to hit the brake and hit the brake I had a whole conversation with myself. Well that's an understatement, I had a screaming match with myself. I reach for the brake and then start screaming at myself. NO!!!!! YOU NEVER HIT THE RIGHT BRAKE YOU'RE GOING TO FALL AND BREAK YOUR IPOD THAT'S ON YOUR LEFT SIDE. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! And then I hit the pavement. And I'm sliding down the pavement still thinking, Yup, that just happened, now you've done it. I told you that was an idiot move! See you can already feel your bruised hip. Good Job Heidi! Ha I was thinking about that little conversation on the way home when I'm riding with one hand. Those things happen so fast! Just like when you have a moment when you do a double-take and try to process what you've just seen. Whole conversations that take minutes and minutes to explain or actually have just take tenths or less of a second to have. Priceless.