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Every time I have a near miss on my bike I go through this thing of who was at fault, what was I doing wrong, am I doing something wrong just by existing on a bike, am I going to die in a really pointless way and is the driver going to say "I don't know, she just came out of nowhere!"

But what you learn, by being terrified over and over and over, is that I can survive most of the asshole stuff that drivers do. Most of the things that scare me will not hurt me physically; most of the things that hurt me physically will be, in the grand scheme of things, not too bad.

And you get better, gradually, with reflexes. With predicting what other people are going to do.

But it's awfully depressing, at times, to think about how much harassment and how much fear is just... a thing I have to deal with. Or take the bus forever, which I am too damn stubborn to do.

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