Im interested in hearing your stories about how the loss of someone dear to you (family member, friend, mentor, etc.) affected your riding. Did you quit riding or continue? Did you take a take a break? If so, what brought you back to riding? How did you make your decision to quit or to continue? What factors did you take into consideration? Also, how has your riding changed since the loss? For instance, do you ride more cautiously or with greater abandon? Heres my experience: After losing my boyfriend, mikefsu, in a motorcycle accident a month ago, I wasnt sure if Id continue riding. At first, I was in too much of a fog to make decisions about anything. I figured Id wait and let things settle out a bit. Would I find motorcycles repulsive? Repugnant? Well, no I felt the same affection for my little red Honda that Ive always felt. About a week ago, I tried riding for the first time since the accident. Put on my most protective gear and my silly florescent vest and asked a friend to follow along. I gave myself permission to turn around and head home for any reason if I was too emotional, uncoordinated, or just wasnt feeling it. Not going to lie I was nervous when I started out. But it went well enough that I went a little farther, then a little farther still. Ended up doing about 70 miles that day. By the end I finally loosened up and started to have fun. I went riding again last weekend, and it was really nice. So at the moment, I guess Ive decided to continue. During these two rides, I had moments of peace and just normalcy that are rare and precious these days. Mike would have wanted me to continue riding, but he also wouldnt have pressured me, as he never pressured me to ride while he was here. If I get to the point where riding doesnt feel good, Ill take a break. As to how my riding has changed, I actually think Im riding better now than I ever did before. My Achilles heel has always been that I was too much of a scaredy cat. Now, that fear is gone, and Im much more relaxed. Its odd; youd think itd be the opposite. Now, enough about me. Do you have some stories to share?