Man, I think I'm jealous... you've just opened up a world for yourself some of take for granted sometimes. Good on you!
It was really really exciting listening (reading) to your report from your perspective. It takes real courage to jump into something that can be as scary as all this, this isn't bowling after all.
Take your time, and the confidence will come... before you know it, you will be clicking through gears, corners, and traffic with a natural confidence. But, take it easy in the meantime, you seem real comfortable with your limits... which is a great way to start.
Anyways, sincerely thanks for bring back some feelings I haven't had in a long time!
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