Warning: This post may contain nuts, lunatic ranting and marginally motorcycle-related content.
For the past few months it seems like I’m in the nasty clutches of an existential crisis. So many question about life, the universe and my place in each plague me. It seems like I come away with more questions than answers.
Little by little I’m trying to fix my broken parts. I think it makes me question everything I see going on around me, too.
I read all sorts of blogs, mailing lists, Twitter feeds, magazines about motorcycling and the life that surrounds that. Motorcycling for me encompasses so much more than just the wheels turning over the road. Time and time again I can point to my life being enriched by the kindness I’ve been shown by people who I’ve met through riding. But I’m not sure that I do enough to pay that debt forward.
Because the motorcycle community is a microcosm of the world at large, of course it can’t be all unicorns and glitter. Some people are dicks, too.
This week in assorted venues I’ve read posts where people relish taking other rider’s motorcycle trips out at the knees.
“Well when I did it it, my trip was better/harder/further/faster on a bigger/smaller/older bike.”
Great! You know what you’ve won? You’ve won making someone else feel like shit and a lifetime supply of… ::drumroll:::… nothing! Don’t spend it all in one place.
Everyone starts somewhere. More and more I’ve come to the conclusion that adventure is relative. As an onlooker we can’t know the personal struggles that someone has gone through to make it to that point. Even a blogger or social media darling holds some cards close to their vest. Maybe they’ve been scared to try for their whole life and finally broke out of that shell. Maybe they just overcame cancer. Maybe their trip was exactly what they wanted to do and that was enough for them.
How about encouraging them to keep going? To better themselves? How about that instead of knocking them down so you can show them how great you are?
Can we just stop being assholes to each other? I’m going to give that a try.