Life Lessons from Riding a Motorcycle






1.  Take care of your vehicle (body), your life depends on it.

2.  Focus on where you want to go, not on obstacles.  We tend to go in the direction that we're looking.

3.  Get some training.  We should never stop learning.  I once let my motorcycle license lapse and had to re-take the skills test.  I had ridden a motorcycle since I was a teen and didn't think that I needed any training.  After failing the first test I attended a short weekend course that improved my skills and ability dramatically.

4. Respect the situation you are in but remain loose, calm, and focused on the situation. If you let fear overcome you, then your body will tense and you will lose the 'flow' necessary to navigate.  You will also develop severe tunnel vision and may not see the big picture of your surroundings.

5.  Give it a little 'gas' when maneuvering a curve (change) to maintain stability.

6.  Interacting with your surroundings and exposing yourself to the elements changes a boring drive (task, experience,life) to a memorable event.

7.  Get out there and ride.  Enjoy the fresh air and your beautiful surroundings.  Life is short.

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12 comments:

  1. Such great connections, Dan. I especially like "Give it a little gas when maneuvering a curve." Isn't that the truth!

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    1. Hi Tammy,

      It definitely helps to put a little energy into change.

      Dan

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  2. I like that. Makes me think of my husband--he's the one who wants to get a bike (and has had one before). Good connections--reminds me of my "sailing is a metaphor for life" thing.

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    1. I always love your sailing references. You seem most alive when talking about sailing

      Dan

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  3. I always have trouble with the curves! I would never occur to me to give it more gas. You clearly know the way to go.

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  4. Hi Sandra,

    It does seem counter-intuitive at first, but it works! Thanks for reading and participating.

    Dan

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  5. Ah, zen and motorcycles have a wonderful connection, don't they? Your post reminded me of a favorite book from years ago--Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Love your biker lessons!

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  6. Life Lessons from our Motorcycles is an arrangement investigating the lessons we learn through riding. In this issue, we analyze the different ways our bicycles address us about parity.

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  7. One of the greatest points of interest of riding the cruiser is having the capacity to encounter the opportunity of the open street. Another favorable position is that it can spare you a great deal of cash with respect to fuel cost. With such a large number of threats out and about, it's critical that you figure out how to appropriately ride a bike before taking off into significant movement regions. A few individuals learn rapidly, and some take somewhat more to learn. The key is having the right expertise set for learning and after that using what you realize again and again while picking up experience.

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  8. There are lots of opinions about men and women who ride motorcycles, but few of them come from men and women who ride. Is it dangerous? To a far lesser degree than is advertised.

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