When contemplating to cycle
What did I know about
So I research a bit more on the internet – not cycling blogs, but links from travel forums and found stories of ATM withdrawals at gunpoint and worse. Too often, my web searches happen late at night and I stewed in the fear they instilled. After one such fitful nights sleep, I sat comfortably in front of the morning fire sipping coffee and reading the Seattle PI. Flipping through the paper, I come to a story in the Nation/World section. A story that read like a bad traffic accident that you don’t want to see but you can’t resist looking. It’s a story about 3 kids in
I know the odds are greater that I will be killed crossing the street in Seattle, or driving a car on I-5, or hit on my bicycle on my way home from the grocery store than the odds that I will be kidnapped or beheaded in some foreign country.
Managing fear for me is about managing perspective. It would be horrible if any of those things happened to us or to anyone. It’s more horrible that crime and lack of safety are the first things people think about when we say we’re going to
Will we be safe? We will take reasonable precaution by talking directly with locals and other travelers who can best tell us places to avoid. We can try and blend in and not flash our expensive gadgets or shiny new clothes.
With a safety reality check now in place, I can go back to fostering my irrational fear of la cucaracha – the oily-backed bugs that click their heels across the cool tile floor. I haven’t yet been able to rationalize away that travel fear.