The photo you see on the side of this page, is myself on a motorcycle trip I took to San Diego with a friend (1000 miles round trip).
When I was 23 I went through a serious health crisis. I remember it vividly, I was celebrating the 4th of July, with my then girlfriend. It was a typical 4th of July – we drank, watched fireworks and ended it with a bang (get, it? bang?). I woke up the next morning with a slight hang over and a stomach ache. It seemed like the usual after effects with a night of drinking and staying up til 4 A.M. She took me to work the next day and it was a downward spiral from there. To make a long story short, I spent the next 2 years being essentially bed ridden sick recovering from an auto-immune attack on my nervous system. (Dysautonomia)
During my down period, I lost my job, my girlfriend broke up with me and all my friends drifted away. After 2 years, and finally recovering enough to live my day to day life – I got a job working at a call center. This was normal, my whole life was a repeating episode of working at call centers. However, this time I only lasted 2 months at the job before I lost it. Due to being sick for the past two years, my tolerance for living the mundane existence was gone. I decided to take some risks and live my fucking life already.
I took the money I earned from working at the call center and bought a 1978 KZ 400 motorcycle. It was by far one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. It completely changed my entire life trajectory, and here are three reasons why.
I Met My Mentor
After I bought my Motorcycle, I would drive it every night to a local coffee shop where other bikers hung out. Since I was a night owl, this was the perfect place for me to go. I would sit at a table and bask in the freedom and enjoyment my motorcycle brought me. One night, I pulled up and a guy said “Hey, I like your bike”. That’s all it took. My motorcycle was an ice breaker that led to one of my most important friendships. It turned out this new friend was a very smart businessman. Over the time that our friendship grew he inspired me and taught me what we knew about business. Thanks to his inspiration I went from being unemployed, no college degree and zero professional work experience to making six figures a year in a highly specialized field.
I Met A Woman
A few weeks after meeting my friend who became my business mentor, I met a girl at the same coffee shop. It was the same exact story, she approached me and said “Hey, I like your motorcycle”. We ended up dating for nearly two years. Although the relationship didn’t last, it was still a positive impact for me. Since I got a girlfriend, it gave me more motivation to get out there and be a success. Living at home wasn’t going to hack it anymore when I was dating a girl. I had to push through my illness and get off my ass.
I Found Excitement & Joy
There is nothing like riding a motorcycle on a summer night. I hop on my bike, put my ear buds in (usually my favorite band Big Black Delta) and just ride. I bask in the cool wind blowing over me, the free form movement of the motorcycle and when I lucky enough – the grasp of a woman on the back.
I think the take away from this story, is not that buying a motorcycle specifically will change everyone’s life in the way it did for me – but that taking action on a dream, desire or hobby will attract the right people to you. If I would of just stayed home moping about my illness leaving me with nothing and making no attempt to spice up my life – I very well could of ended up working in another call center living a life I hated.
So if you feel stuck in life, it’s possible that all you need to do is pursue something you enjoy. If you don’t know what it is you enjoy, you have to just try something and experiment. Before I got the motorcycle I had no idea how remarkably it would impact my life. Even though everyone around me warned me not buy one and said “it was too dangerous” or “you must be crazy”. I didn’t let them stop me from living the life I wanted. Because……
We all die at the end.