Around You

I have been riding a motorcycle for more than ten years since my early university days. Back then I was reckless and I’ve had my share of accidents. It was nothing serious usually, just some cuts and bruises. The worst thing that happened to me was a dislocated finger. It hurts so much and I still had to ride several kilometers to get to the hospital,

Anyway, I tried to ride carefully now knowing how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle recklessly, but I realized that there are other dangers besides riding recklessly. One of those dangers is the polluted air in and around Jakarta, especially during the morning and evening rush hours.

I remember feeling suffocated during a particular evening rush hour. I was waiting for the traffic light to go green; there are so many vehicles around me when suddenly I have trouble breathing. For a moment I can feel my heart burning because of the lack of oxygen to breathe.

It was a most unpleasant experience, I just hope that the polluted air didn’t contain asbestos or else I could risk getting mesothelioma later. This reminds me to get a good breathing mask after this. Anyway, it is getting very late so I better go and get some rest. See you around!


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