A friend of mine had a cool Instagram post that relates well to Motorcycle riding. The quote:
SOMETIMES WE NEED TO STEP BACK
AND LET LIFE SORT ITSELF OUT…
TO CONTROL WHAT WE CAN CONTROL
AND LET THE REST JUST BE
This was the view out my window this morning...not the most ideal conditions to be riding in.
I have plans this weekend to ride and was thrown back by the rain and cold getting in my way. Like the quote, "Sometimes we need to step back and let life sort itself out..." so I did just that.
I've heard riders of every age and experience-level talk about the relaxing qualities of a ride. Some have described it as, 'wind-therapy", so with that, i ask...what's the rush? Here I was so preoccupied with maintaining a schedule that I completely lost sight of the real objective of stepping back and experiencing that which is put in front of me (IE "...to control what we can control...")
Riding is ZEN for me. An inner calmness. Not a care in the world. Not a worry in the world. Just me and the road. And certainly not a means of getting somewhere faster than anyone else! Mother Nature is a cool cat. She has a way of showing up when you least expect it, as I solely believe, to remind us that she is here, watching over us, and guiding us with our decisions.
Yes, the rain is a nuisance and even a concern when riding, but once the rain stops...and it will, the colors will be more vibrant, the smells more intoxicating and the overall ride that much more enjoyable. Riding a Motorcycle is not a rat-race. Leave that for those who've never ridden. How many times have you heard, it's the journey that is to be appreciated, not the destination...and it's true for all riders...so don't just speak the words, believe them.
Have you ever been delayed going somewhere to later have an unplanned encounter that wouldn't have happened if you had left on time? I've experienced those moments many times.
My weekend trip has been put back about 4 hours, but I'm excited to find out why...what greater force (EG Mother Nature) has planned for me. Let the unpredictable be your ally.