In the world of bikers it is generally known that you never ever stop on a curve and you always stop with your front wheel straight. You do these things to ensure that you stay upright when stopping.
Last year while riding to work I was cut off by a car turning into my lane while I was executing a right hand turn. I was forced to slam on my brakes in the middle of my turn which meant that my front wheel was not straight. To make matters worse the road was graded down to my right which means that my very short legs cannot touch down and have my bike straight up at the same time.
I found myself in a very very difficult position in that my bike was beyond the point of no return and we were definitely going down. Dangit I hate the going down part.
My pseudo self “Ms. Bad "A" Biker Chick” took over and handled the situation. I remember the moment vividly while time stood still and I felt that every car at the corner and in the intersection were watching us as we attempted to power my bike back up to an upright position. I held on with every bit of strength that I could find and pulled with ever fiber of my being. Slowly a mm at a time we powered back up and I distinctly remember that second when we were just beyond that point of no return and the split second when we were upright again. My foot was barely touching the road surface and I was on tip toe but we were upright and safe. I could feel everyone in that intersection shouting hooray for me. It was a moment of total power and Ms. Biker Chick did the job and did it well.
I could have easily forgotten the moment except the next day every muscle in my upper body hurt and I knew that Ms. Biker Chick and pure adrenalin had saved the day.
The analogy here you ask? Never ever give up, reach down into every fiber of your being and power yourself back up until you are in the safe zone and moving forward again. You know you can do it and you will!