It was a long and tiring day, but I had a 7pm motorcycle class to attend. I rushed down after completing my evening class for my late evening lesson, mentally prepping myself for the bombardment of skills and sharp-tongued instructors amid quiet classmates.
But life decided to let up on me for this lesson. There was a hot girl in my group of 8, and she kept looking at me. I was determined to talk to her. Midway through the lesson we were having a break. This was my chance, I thought to myself. We all walked back to the waiting area and sat down. A fellow classmate sauntered over and sat beside me, breaking my thoughts.
We had a light conversation, about how difficult it is to book classes, about the long waiting time between them and the very sharp learning curve.
I mentioned that with the flexibility of the university schedule, I could still rush over after classes ended. He mentioned that he usually had to apply for half day’s leave in order to attend lessons, and since he lived close by, he didn’t need to drive over.
“So you’re learning bike for the experience?”, I asked.
“Guess how old I am,” he asked me.
He looked a little middle-aged, but not wanting to hurt his feelings, I mumbled ‘thirties’.
“I am 57 this year. And I still want to learn,” he declared proudly.
Fifty-seven? He is older than my parents. I was genuinely surprised.
“It’s never too late to learn something, if you want to, you will find a way!” he said with great zeal.
“But it is good that you are able to learn while schooling,” he added, ostensibly to change the topic.
“I was once like you, NUS (university) grad, big pay, good life. But I could spend $600 a day, just on drinks and enjoying.”
“As a fellow friend, I just ask that you don’t do the same mistake as me. It is good to have friends, but you must choose the right kind. If they are bad, then just walk away from them,” he added.
With those words, we walked back to our lesson area. While that short conversation wasn’t some mind-blowing, meme-worthy revelation, it did set me thinking.
Somehow, I forced myself back to the lesson at hand. Soon, the lesson was over and the instructor was waving at us to park our bikes for the night.
As always, life didn’t forget the girl. She parked her bike beside mine as I set off back to the waiting area for the results. Suddenly, I heard someone calling out to me.
“Eh, come back, he’s (the instructor) calling us”.
It was the hot girl. I quickly called those infant of me, and we walked back to the instructor. But he was oblivious to us, and merely waved at us to go back to the waiting area.
I felt the embarrassment radiating from her. So I helped things along by asking how how the lesson went.
“I was wobbling a bit, but I think I can pass,” she said coyly. “You?”
“I… well, I was stuck in the yellow box when the light went red, and just proceeded to turn. Hope he doesn’t mind that,” I said.
“Oh don’t worry lah, you seemed okay,” she reassured me as we reached the waiting area.
We retrieved our stuff from our lockers and she sat down beside me as we removed our hand and knee guards. We then sat in silence, waiting for the results.
The wait was nerve-wracking, and I calmed my nerves down by whipping out my phone and writing down all the techniques that I’d learnt that day. Soon, our instructor was calling out to our group.
We cautiously approached him, and thankfully, I had passed the module.
The last I saw of the girl, she was looking at her book shaking her head in sadness, before the other students engulfed her.