August 1st Peyton and I are going to be launching Team Awesomism! We are really excited about this new project!
In preparation for this new project Peyton and I have been doing some small projects to lead up to it! Once we announce what team Awesomism is, all the little projects we’ve been doing will make more sense.
Peyton has always been afraid since he was little of motorcycles. The noise and vibration that they put off, always scared him. Part of Team Awesomism is about facing your fears, and finding your comforts!
About a month ago Peyton came to me and said, I really want to learn to ride a bike, and I really want to stop being afraid of motorcycles. I kind of saw the connection between the two. Even though bikes don’t make noise, he still was afraid to get on one and fall!
He and I sat down and discussed his fear of both. He told me that he was afraid of falling on a bike and he felt like a motorcycle was a very loud and aggressive bike. In his mind, there was a direct connection between the two.
I may not always understand why he is afraid of certain things or doing certain things, but I respect his fear. We each have our own idiosyncrasies and he certainly allowed to have his!
On July 7, the local BMW, Indian, Singleshot motorcycle dealership had an awesome event. They were doing a virtual reality motorcycle ride at the dealership.
I contacted them before the event, and asked them if it was OK if Peyton and I attended. They were super nice about it,and said absolutely come on over!
When we got to the dealership, I could tell Peyton was a bit apprehensive. I asked him if he still wanted to go in and try it. He said absolutely he wanted to get to a point where he didn’t fear motorcycles. He actually felt that if he got over his fear of motorcycles, it would help him ride a bike.
So in we went! They had food out as well as some drinks. I asked Peyton if he wanted something to eat and drink, thinking this would probably calm him down and ease him into being around the motorcycles.
Once we were done eating, I asked the people working there, if it was OK if Peyton tried the virtual reality. I discussed with them that Peyton was autistic, and why he wanted to do the virtual reality,as well as look at all the motorcycles .
They couldn’t have been nicer, they were so accommodating to Peyton. It really touched my heart, how nice they were.
Peyton did the virtual reality, and absolutely loved it. He sat in the chair, because he wasn’t sure he wanted to sit on a motorcycle. Once he started the virtual reality on the motorcycle, he got really into it. It was funny to watch him and I was so happy to see how much he loved it.
think the best moment was when he was doing the virtual reality, and they started motorcycle right behind him! He never flinched, in fact he really enjoyed it! It was so awesome to see him overcome that fear!
After we left the motorcycle shop, Peyton asked me if we could go look at bikes! It was great because for the first time wanted to actually look at bikes and talk about buying one, so he could learn to ride a bike!
I can’t thank the guys at the BMW Indian single shot dealership in the Woodlands Texas, enough! They were so incredible to Peyton, they even asked him before they started up motorcycles, if it was OK!!
Peyton overcame a major fear of his that day, it was such an awesome day! I’m so proud of him and how hard he is trying to overcome fears.
Here is the link to the motorcycle dealership. If you are in the Woodlands,Texas area please show them some love. https://www.bmwmcwoodlands.com/
If you’re not, but you know someone who is …..please ask them to. Here is their Twitter….. you can follow them as well. @BMWIndSS_77385