Most of us who ride know that it takes a huge leap of faith to hop onto a motorcycle or scooter and head off down the asphalt ribbon into the unknown. 30 years of riding pillion finally brought me full circle to the front of the bike and seeing for myself what it is to ride. I finally understand what my husband sees and feels when riding. I always wondered what it was like, but couldn't picture myself riding a scooter or motorcycle. The thought of riding was always filled with mixed emotions of fear and feelings of I can't do it. It is pretty amazing how a small kernel of doubt will hold you back or colour your outlook and perception of something. Learning to ride has been one of the most empowering things I have ever done, only coming in after having a child.
I have found a passion in riding that truly sings to my soul. It has given me great confidence and changed the way I look at things, it has made me feel strong. We jokingly call riding therapy and it is therapy if sorts, for me it is a balm to my soul. Every time I go out I come back feeling refreshed and clear headed. Learning to ride has given me a new skill set and It was very challenging learning to put it all together and surpass the natural fear that comes along with it.
I have met very interesting and wonderful people. Riding has also allowed me to be involved in activities that give back to my community by being a part of a group of dynamic riders that lobbied the government for significant safety change to our local highway and another group that created an annual breast cancer ride and the local team to promote International Female Ride Day. I have found great joy in mentoring other female motorcyclists and sharing the sense of empowerment that riding offers.
Two weeks ago I was at the track where a new group of novice motorcyclists had just completed their motorcycle skills assessment tests and seeing them do their victory lap and the huge grins on their faces took me back to my beginnings and the pure joy of it was pretty inspiring. I think we sometimes forget how thrilling, nerve racking and joyful learning to ride is.
If you are thinking of learning to ride I encourage you to take the leap and register in a novice course and go on the adventure of a lifetime.
Do you remember those feelings? Do you still feel the rush of excitement?