With my ongoing drive to reinvent myself with a purpose, I have been reading oodles of information about finding your true passion, doing what you love, and blending your life and work.
I do believe that serendipity is a strong ally; as proof, this week my husband and I had the opportunity to attend the Atlanta premier of a new documentary film which tries to explain why motorcyclists are so passionate about their sport. This was the first showing in Atlanta, and it sold out quickly.
It’s called “Why We Ride” and you can find more information about the film and upcoming screenings around the US here: http://whyweridefilm.com/
This film captivated me from the very first frame. I laughed, I cried, I was glued to the screen for the full 90 minutes, and then didn’t want it to end! It was the absolute best example I have seen to date of capturing the passion we riders feel for motorcycling, as well as, the connection we feel with our machines. For some reason, explaining this obsession is difficult when non-riders are involved. Maybe it’s because they are too busy telling us about how their neighbor, friend or colleague was killed or maimed in a motorcycle accident.
Note to Non-Riders: We know there is an inherent risk in motorcycling. We love it enough to accept the risk, and we manage that risk to the best of our ability with training, appropriate safety gear and focus. Please DON’T regale us with your tales of mayhem. Really, do you think your story will make us stop??
Anyway, back to the film. From old time board track or Daytona sand track racers and their riding offspring, to casual cruiser riders, to land-speed record holders, to entire families totally immersed in motocross or hill climbing, to current Superbike racers, to round the world travelers, this film showcases them all. The influence of female riders, their accomplishments, and growing numbers were definite highlights to this woman rider, for sure, but I was also brought to tears by the love of riding expressed by a ten year old motocross rider.
It’s about the journey, not the destination. The beauty and freedom is in the ride, whether near or far.
The film was the catalyst that made me realize that my true passion is obvious. I want, no I NEED, my life to be for and about motorcycles. Exploring and adventuring on motorcycles, talking about motorcycles, writing about motorcycles.
There, I posted it on the internet, it must be so.
If you are interested in buying or renting the film ‘Why We Ride’, go here: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/id810312988 …