I’ve just returned from a 13, 000-kilometer motorcycle trip in which I visited the west coast of Canada and also a few of the States of America. I was away for thirty-three incredible days. It was a great trip, and I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to travel in a way that provides both excitement and joy.
My passion for motorcycling struck me when I was a teenager, and despite a period of over twenty years in which I didn’t ride, my passion returned several years ago. How glad I am that it did! Several friends I know also ride, but we have strikingly dissimilar belief systems when the subject of continued riding in future years comes up. Two people I know have even planned the exact age when they will quit riding–stating reasons such as, “Well, you know that your reflexes get slower as you age,” or “you have to be very sharp when you’re riding on two wheels.” I don’t deny that these statements are true; but both negate that safe riding can still be possible, in part due to benefits that we’ve acquired as we age. We’ll look at the subject from a Law of Attraction viewpoint:
The Law of Attraction basically states that what we think about, we bring about. When we apply this to the subject of safe motorcycling, it, thus, means that if we focus upon the day when we will quit–to be safe–we will actually manifest that as a consequence of our thinking. Our mind, when directed in such a manner, will offer ample evidence as proof of why this should be so. My approach is much different.
Yes, the day will undoubtedly come when I will stop riding, but until that day appears I’m going to focus all of my efforts on staying in the saddle. Why not? I’m going to tell myself that such is possible for as long as possible. The point? It’s definitely not solely about riding a motorcycle! It’s about indulging and enjoying all of our interests! Golfing, skiing, running? Travel, adventure, passion? Yes to all and many more of our interests! Isn’t it wiser to let life determine when the time is right to forgo an interest…and trade it in for yet another that can provide us great joy? The details will look after themselves. We need not plan for the day when we figuratively park our motorcycle for the last time or shelve our helmet. In fact doing so, only makes such occur that much sooner!
Why was my trip only 13,000 kilometers long? Simple: Because I started to entertain thoughts (which brought about corresponding actions) that it was time to turn eastward and return to life in Ontario. If I had continued to think about riding in other States–perhaps heading further south–it would have been much longer. This little example applies to so many of our other interests? Why are we not travelling anymore? Because we stopped entertaining the idea that we could or should? Why have we given up on driving, maintaining our own home, or hiking the surrounding parks? Quite often it’s because we stopped thinking that such was possible…long before any physical reason presented that actually inhibited our ability to do so.
In a book entitled In The Flow of Life, the author, Eric Butterworth, tells the account of a businessman named Joseph McDonald, who, despite being eighty years of age, was vibrant, energetic, and doing the same amount of work of employees many years younger. At lunch one day, a young employee politely asked Mr. McDonald his age. Without missing a beat, Joseph replied, “My son, my age is none of my business!” What he was so wisely saying was that his age need not ever be his focus. Must we–should we–squeeze ourselves into the stereotypical definitions of someone who is sixty, seventy, eighty and beyond? No! We can let age take care of itself. It will. In the meantime, isn’t it time to be planning our next trip?
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell
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6 thoughts on “Ride On”
You got another motorcycle. How fantastic, Art! This reminds me of your past article, Unscripted Life. You took action to live the life of your dreams, rather than what others or society expects of you. You’ve inspired me to be braver in that regard.
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Thanks, Cheryl! I realized that I didn’t want motorcycling to be over. I think we’re all different in many ways; what’s important to one may not be to another, and that’s ok! I hope that you’re having a fantastic summer!
Well I’m disappointed that you didn’t stop by to say “hi” on your trip out west. 😉
Sorry. I stayed south, in part due to the ongoing forest fires.
Yes. I understand. Glad you stayed safe. Another time. 🙂
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Thanks! I hope all is well!