Looking back, I should have 'just said NO!'.
"c'mon. just TRY it. You'll LIKE it. There's NOTHING else that compares to this feeling".
So, sure enough, being weak; being tempted... I tried it.
All it took was about 20 ft in a straight line, and I was hooked; grinning from ear to ear...I wanted MORE.
So I dove in. I indulged. I commited. I de-railed everything I had going in life to adjust and accommodate to this new LIFESTYLE.
And on a clear morning, in hindsight, I may actually REGRET it.
A few years of learning the hard way and easy mistakes has cost me who knows how much pride and money in exchange for experience and know-how... but of what?!
Every day in this lifestyle is a gamble on it's own...a roll of the dice.. Sure you can be hit by a bus crossing the street, but in motorcycling you vastly improve your chances of disaster....I hope newbies can understand this.
I havn't always been lucky in that gamble...
A few years back I was run down in the middle of the hwy at a dead stop. No mistake there, no margin of error, just plain, unaltered, dumb luck. Wrong place at the wrong time.
And I still feel the pain. It aches. It screams at me even now.
Now, I can never go back. I can never restore what once was. I'll never be the same again.
Looking back, it was a shit trade. I'll be stuck with the shortchange of those events for the rest of my life.
And in exchange for what exactly?
A few moments of ... what?
Fuck that. I had all that before, I just didn't realize it.
Sure, motorcycling has it's peaks and highs. A drug unto itself.
But I am now cut off...reduced....limited.... from the ultimate potential, something I treasured has became worthless and now may never be realized to the fullest extent of what it could have been.
Freedom has reached an end.
This isnt' fun anymore.
I'm now a prisoner of pain, a subject of suffering.
Don't do it. Turn back now. Quit while you're ahead.
Before you lose everything you hold dear.
JUST SAY NO! to motorcycling.
It's just transportation, it's just a passing fancy....
It's not all you think it is. It's not all you hope it could be.
STOP now before it's too LATE!!!