Riding again after an accident
I've been cruising around on motorcycles for the better part of the last ten years, and let me tell you this...
You have to take the good with the bad. Its going to rain sometimes. A deer might decide that the berries on the other side of your street taste better. God knows, car drivers are going to do stupid things around you on a regular basis. And to top it off, you are going to make mistakes.
Some mistakes aren't too much to sweat over. You missed your exit, so take the next one.
Some mistakes might just scare the daylights out of you. You caught the exit, but you were going way too fast and wound up on the grass at 60 miles an hour (I did that one the very day I got my Magna 4 years ago).
And sometimes mistakes might mean you get hurt, but that one you already know. Learn from it.
But the worst possible mistake is to give up all the pleasure that riding brings, just because of a careless mistake and a group of nay-sayers.
Three years ago, I had a pretty bad accident. Broke my left hip. The accident wasn't my fault (lady decided not to stop for the stop sign and I hit her), and there was absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent it.
But here's what I learned: nothing beats motorcycling for sheer enjoyment. Even if you're careful, things can still get pretty bad, but the rest of the time, things are just perfect.