I never knew how to swim and ride a bike

@jazel_juan (15767)
Philippines
November 24, 2010 9:58pm CST
I grew up as a kid well but i never really learned how to ride a bike or learn how to swim which i find sooo upsetting and even sad why? well having my own kids now, i see them playing and my daughter wants me to buy her a bike! but how will i teach her when i dont know to ride one! good thing my huby knows and they were even teasing me why i do not know how..for some reasons i cannot remember why i dont know how..we had a bike when i was a kid but i never really learned..probably or maybe as far as i could remember my Grandma does not want me to learn because she believe bikes are for boys! my huby is willing to teach me right now but i am already scared hahaha i might skin my knees or something! and i never really learned how to swim and i have this fear of going so deep. its like i can't breath and i am scared of the sea...i do go near the shore but not really too deep..its like i feel like something is lurking below..maybe this is due to me watching tooooo much jaws movie when i was a kid hahahaha but i also want my kids to learn how to swim, so me and my huby decided on enroling them in swimming lessons this summer.
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16 responses
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
Hi jazel_juan! Haha, I remembered how I was able to master riding a bike, they say you have to get an accident to be able to know how to ride a bike and on my end, I fell on a canal! And gosh it was dark, the good thing was there were no people around to laugh at me, only my friend, lol!
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
oh my, i can already imagine how nasty it was!
• United States
25 Nov 10
I know how to ride a bike and think you will learn very easily. Rode a tricycle that had extra wheels for support and balance, but after a week grew over it. Ever since passing kindergarten, I have been riding bikes every day. But, there is lot of curiosity and sadness when I pass the county park and see lots of children swimming. Like you, I too share the feeling of falling inwards and not getting back up. There haven't been many swimming and ocean terror movies that have scared me. I think a little more practice will pave the way.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
hahah my kids have that kind of bike. it has small wheels at the back!
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
I know how to swim for I grew up next to the sea, but I don't know how to ride a bike!!! I know how annoying and frustrating it is, I'd really like to learn but my young cousins would tease me mercilessly and I get my knee hurt last month because of trying to learn...I would have to conspire with my fiancée to have lessons at night,)
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
so you already asked your fiancee for lessons? well good for you, i am still so afraid of riding a bike even though i want to learn hahaha but good for you you know how to swim!
• China
25 Nov 10
I dont know how to swim,either.my father teachde me several times when i was ten,but i just didnt get it.i like sea and want to swim like a fish.it seems never come true. However,i can ride a bike without holding the bike.LOL someone told me ,if you never fell down,you wont successful.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
i guess that is what i am afraid, of really falling!
• China
27 Nov 10
you shouldn't be .it's not much painful,you 're stronger than what you think.:)
• United States
25 Nov 10
My sister never learned how to ride a bike and I barely learned myself. I know they say you never forget how to ride a bike, but I think I have. lol I don't think it's ever too late for you to learn. So you can learn now with your daughter, and finally go out riding and swimming with your kids! Or not, but I wouldn't let fear get in the way. It might be fun, and something that you could do with your children.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
my husband would often tell me to overcome suchs fears like my fear in sea that prevents me from learning how to swim because it passes on to the kids, when they see me not swimming they would also not swim! so my huby woudl be the one bringing them in the water for them not to get scared.. plus with the bike? i might really learn, i do not have the balance i think haha
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• United States
27 Nov 10
He's right you know. They'll be less afraid when they see that you are less afraid. I think that you will indeed be able to find the balance! I remember it took me quite awhile and it was terrifying the whole time, but in the end I got it. I just hope that I still have it!
@lady1993 (19634)
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
You are not alone my dear..I don't know how to those either. And to think that I took swimming lessons when I was 6! But i never learned, I don't know why..but my sister did. I didn't know how to ride a bike too because my sister always plays with the bike that we had..
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@lady1993 (19634)
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
Well, it's never too late to learn about anything... Good luck with that.
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@Veagle (85)
• China
25 Nov 10
I could ride a bike when I WAS 6,but i dont know how to swim,either,
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
hahah i do not know if it is good or bad but i am glad i have someone like me who do not know how to swim! cheers!! haha
• Mexico
25 Nov 10
Don't worry about falling, better yet, learn how to fall well. As for swimming, I've got the same fear of depths, but swimming pools are no biggie. Start by learning how to float.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
yes i am not that afraid of pools but i still do not go that deep hahaha...and i tried to float but i still sink!
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
26 Nov 10
My youngest daughter's father was terrified of the water and, when she was little he did not want her to go swimming with her older siblings. I insisted that she was not going to miss out on life because of his fears and I taught her to swim when she was 4 years old. It's not too late for you to learn to swim and to ride a bike. Take the risk...dare to live and you won't regret it.
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@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
26 Nov 10
Riding a bike and swimming are very useful skills today. I save a lot of money on transportation especially if I only have to go to the store or the market. Plus I get to exercise and enjoy outdoors. Swimming is a useful skill here since we are a flood prone area. It's not too late to learn those skills yet. Nobody is too old to learn. You just have to let go of your fears. It's also a fun and cheap activity with your hubby.
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@silentwill (1686)
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
I also don't know how to swim and I was only beginning to learn how to ride a bike when I stopped because the family of my cousin who owned the bike moved to a different province. I think I may be able to handle myslef with a bike, I don't know. When it comes to swimming, I get embarrassed when I go to the pool but when it's not too crowded I'd ask my friends if they can teach me a little. I hope when I find time, I do get to learn how to swim as I love to travel and would love to frequent the beaches here in our country.
@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
25 Nov 10
Hi Jazel_Juan, I did learn how to ride a bicycle, but I too, never learned how to swim. I has been the one thing about my childhood that I really feel sad about. I have alway said as an adult that I would take some swimming lessons, but never fulfilled my dream. You children have two parents, so they can be taught to ride their bicycles by their father, so they won't grow-up feeling the way you and I feel about not learning these fun thing during their childhood. I think learning to ride the bicycle is easier than taking swimming lessons.
@yanyanyow (329)
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
riding a bike was really part of my childhood. since we we're all little me and my sibling are taught by our dad to ride a bike. my father said that we are already riding a bike since we were 2-3 years old, of course with support on the back tire, really for kids. well in swimming, i just learned it when i was in high school. our pe class for our fourth year is swimming class. so i eventually learned to swim when i was high school already.
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• Philippines
25 Nov 10
I know how it feels. I also don't know how to ride a bike and though I know how to swim, I afraid to swim on waters that is too deep. I don't know if it is due to my being a flat-footed that I have no sense of balance even with my 2 feet on the ground, what more on a bike.
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• Singapore
25 Nov 10
Yea it's kind of a regret of you didn't learn to cycle or swim. But I think you can always learn it later, right? Seeing your children learn how to cycle or swim is a joy.
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@lyan08 (119)
• Indonesia
25 Nov 10
I know how to ride a bike but I dont know how to swim. When I was a kid I used to ride a bike to my school.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Nov 10
another non swimmer like me yey!