Wrestling the Monster of Pre-Trip Guilt

Whenever I am getting ready to head off on a solo trip somewhere, inevitably I find myself conflicted by a range of discordant emotions. There is, of course, the giddy excitement and wonder about what I’ll see and do along the way. But, conversely, there are the feelings at play that work to undermine my positivity. The big one? Guilt.

Guilt : noun
2 b: feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy : self-reproach

To put it plainly, guilt is a fucking asshole. And because the feeling is self-induced, ergo I too,… well, you know.

Sometimes the hardest thing about taking a trip is just getting out the front door. The challenge comes from releasing yourself from the must-dos, have-tos and ought-tos. It is in those moments of feeling selishness or self-doubt that I have to remind myself of what it was that pushed me towards making the decision to go in the first place.

Fear, guilt, self-doubt – they’re all just slow and painful ways of poisoning yourself.


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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2 Responses

  1. Missrider says:

    Take it from experience, all your feelings are normal. They even come back briefly while you are on the road, they go away once you start riding. The hardest part is to walk out the door once the bike is loaded, do not let all that get in your way. You are a warrior and looks like you will be riding the best motorcycle in the world for such adventures. The only reason I am not on the road is because of my cancer, will be ready in March per doctors. Thank you for sharing your feelings. You are incredible.

  2. Shybiker says:

    Yes, they are corrosive — which is why we need to let them go. Release them and ride away unencumbered. Life’s too short to give a crap.

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