Humans are, by nature, explorers. We like to see stuff. We like to go places. Adventure is in our blood.
But, as we get older, our sense of adventure gets muted by jobs, family, and other responsibilities that we all face as adults. Too many things pull us in too many different ways.
And, that's a shame.
Before you know it, you're looking back over the years of your life and counting your most exciting memories on one hand. Everything else simply blurs into a time span of nothing more than existence.
We all started out as the greatest of adventurers - as children. Everything was new, all we wanted to do was explore. It didn't matter if it was the woods in the back, or that cupboard that mom locked up and won't let us into.
For those of you with kids, you know what I'm talking about. Remember when they first started to crawl? They went and looked at everything, and everything was exciting. You couldn't get them to sit still no matter what.
Then, we got older and we were taught it was necessary to plan. Make sure you have every "I" dotted and "t" crossed. Otherwise, bad things will happen, you won't finish school, you won't get a job... and the flame of adventure got a little weaker.
Then, we got even a little older (yes, it does happen), and we were taught it was critical to plan. Plan for retirement, plan for the kids, plan for your next vacation. Otherwise, bad things will happen, you won't retire, your vacation will be boring... and the flame of adventure got a little weaker still.
You get the picture.
If you've ever had a bit of wanderlust, or sat in your cubicle and daydreamed of a different life, or experienced mid-life crises, you know what I'm talking about.
Those events are just our mind rebelling against the flame of adventure getting weaker in our soul. It's our subconscious telling us that the path of comfort and safety in our life isn't always the best thing.
What's this have to do with motorcycles? No matter what reason you think you bought that motorcycle for - I have a theory that the real reason was because your mind was subconsciously trying to rekindle that sense of adventure.
Motorcycles are a way to explore. When you bought that motorcycle, you were looking to fuel that flame of adventure in your soul. It doesn't matter if you're in your 20's or 50's, an experienced rider or a brand new rider.
That's it. Try just one of these and I guarantee you'll feel a little stir in your soul. These tips apply just as equally to riding motorcycles as they do to living life in general.
I'll leave you with my all-time favorite poem, modified for the adventure seeking, motorcycle riding, explorer in us all:
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely
in an attractive and well preserved motorcycle,
But rather to skid in sideways,
brake squeezed in one hand,
throttle twisted in the other,
gas tank on empty,
tires worn out and screaming
"WOO HOO what a ride!"
Enjoy the ride. P.S. Got your own tips on living a more adventurous life? Share them below!