When I was around 3, I learned how to ride a bicycle. By that time, I was already able to ride a tricycle, so I was confident that I could ride a bicycle without any problem. However, I was mistaken. riding a bicycle was totally different from riding a tricycle.
My dad, in order to help me out, gave me numerous tips on how to ride a bicycle before hand. He explained to me that I would have to jump on the bike by putting one foot on the pedal, putting the other foot on the other pedal by swinging my leg behind, and then keep pedalling. He even demonstrated it right in front of me, so that I can understand what he meant. At this point, I have gained personal knowledge of “how to ride a bicycle” through sense perception, language, and also imagination. I saw, heard, and imagined how to ride a bicycle, which means that I “know” how to ride a bike. When I first tried, however, I fell. I fell again on my second try, then the third, fourth, and so on.
It felt weird because I knew what I needed to do, but my body just couldn’t react the way I wanted it to. However, as I practiced over and over, I have got the hang of it. I have learned, by actually experiencing, how to ride a bicycle. This time, the personal knowledge of “how to ride a bicycle” was knowledge by acquaintance instead of a simple practical knowledge. I have used my sense perception to balance myself and imagination to simulate myself riding a bike.
The factors made this experience noteworthy is the fact that I still use this knowledge. It has been modified, as in improved, since the first time I gained the knowledge, “how to ride a bicycle”. This knowledge is significant for me because without it, I would not be able to ride my bike to school every day.