Motorcycling can be an incredibly social activity. The experience, as an individual or group, provides innumerable life experiences. One of my favorites is sitting on the veranda, enjoying a cool beverage, after a long day’s ride. Over the years, I have collected a number of great motorcycling quotes and wisdom. What’s interesting is how well they cross over from a largely recreational activity into the regular world.
200 mph, no hands. Damn that’d be cool right before the part where you die.” A. Duthie
When was the last time you ran at the speed of light? When was the last time you thought about what you or your organization might achieve? When did you last allow yourself to day dream and think, ‘…what if…’
There are only three sports: mountain climbing, bull fighting, and motor racing. All the rest are merely games.” Ernest Hemingway
Personally I’ve taken this to equate to, how much of my life have I been actively engaged in at times, as opposed to just going through the motions. Is life a game where you simply keep score, without any other meaning? Or do you elect to challenge yourself daily, pushing to see what’s possible, living where life has meaning?
Got a $5 head? Get a $5 helmet.
As a motorcyclist, what’s more to say?
Everyone knows Honda’s attitude in the GP Paddock! “Who will be behind us this weekend?” More a sentiment than a quote, it certainly does alter the way you might look at your own situation.
Only a Biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.
When was the last time you really got out of your office (cube, box, cave, dungeon, cellar…) and tried looking at things from someone else’s (your customers’?) perspective? You just might find the wind in your face is quite stimulating!
“There’s something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer.”
At some point, you’ve got to take it out for a ride. “Some riders crash. Some get back on. Some can’t.” It’s life. But if you never try, if you only wait for sunny days, you’ll never know what it really means to live!
“If the bike isn’t braking properly, you don’t start by rebuilding the engine.”
We’ve all seen organizations start by rebuilding the engine. It can feel good. You’re getting something done. You can show off your handy work. But you’ve still not fixed the problem.
“Winter is Nature’s way of telling you to polish.”
Ok, so the current economy right now might just plain suck. It happens. Are you letting your place rust? Or are you using the down time to look forward, try and brush up skills (even if only through self-training)? One thing is for sure, no one wants to use the first nice day of the new season to do their polishing—they want to be out riding!
“I’ve had the best of times, and the worst of times, on a motorcycle.” Dan Kohls
My friend sums its up beautifully. The motorcycle’s (not just a metaphor, for me) your life. Sometimes it’s 40 degrees, raining, and you’re downright cold. It makes you really appreciate those 75 degree days, the sun setting, and autumn foliage glowing all about you.
Go Ride…your life!