What does it feel like to navigate the city in a wheelchair? Graceful, meditative, and gloriously fast.
By Samantha de Leve at Medium:
I approach a bunched-up crowd and lean back, easing my speed as I scan for holes in their formation to break through and move ahead. I dodge, dance, pass before they realize I was ever behind them. This next cluster is tighter — I slow until I match their sedate stroll. My fingers feather the rims while I wait in agonizing anticipation of the unobstructed sidewalk just a few feet ahead. Before they’ve even reached it I am pushing, pushing, pushing, gathering speed until I explode past and curve around in front of them.
It would be cutting them off if they were even a fraction as fast as I am.
This story was originally published on June 9th, 2016.