With each passing day of life that goes by, the brain gets more cognizant of the mortality that we all face. It’s ironic that when in our teens and twenties, we feel invincible and the end of our existence on Earth is the furthest thing from our minds. In our thirties, we seek stability and life evolves into coexisting with the patterns that appear in our passing days. Somewhere in the forties, one starts really thinking about the fact that one’s days of existing are passing by, and each person starts thinking about the things they want to do while the body is still capable of making the imagination’s desires a reality.
The bucket list. A list of things we wish to accomplish, places we want to see, things we want to do, all before our personal clock of life stops ticking.
I feel blessed that many of the items on my bucket list are achievable by involving motorcycle riding. The asphalt journeys I take offer solace, peace, and tranquility to my soul; and in between regular rides with my wife, my friends, or by myself, I plan to tick off bucket list items as I’m able to afford both the expense and time required. My hobby of riding the roads on two wheels has turned into a passion…a love…a lifestyle. Yes, I truly feel blessed to be able to start up the Harley, pull out of the driveway, and head out into the wind.
Each year that passes seems to knock some bucket list items off the future itinerary, a new interesting adventures present them selves for consideration…and then placement. I feel that I will never catch up with all the things I want to do before my time has expired, unless I can figure out a way to retire early in life from work. Don’t see this happening any time soon, but sometimes life throws you a surprise and makes things more easily attainable. Hopefully this day comes sooner than later, which would allow for exploration more often of those things that interest me.
Some motorcycle rides that are in the forefront of interest include:
- Ride to the Wall with the Rolling Thunder organization to offer my respects and appreciation for those that gave their lives for this country and our freedoms.
- A trip back to the Tennessee and surrounding states which offers some of the finest riding curves in the world.
- Having had a blast at the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee in 2008, I look forward to attending the 110th in 2013.
- Alaska, and arriving at the Article Circle. Many Harley’s have made this grueling trip, and each rider has said it is a life changing experience that very well may be the biggest adventure they have every completed.
- I’d love to ride a bike down south…all the way to the tip of South America. Reading the stories of those that have completed the journey only makes me envious of their experience. Maybe some day, when time and the funds available are more on the side of being unlimited.
Two of the above will be completed in May of this year, God willing. Of course, when two have been marked off, more than likely three more will soon appear on the list in their place.
We all want to live forever, but time is the one thing that nobody can slow down or stop. My only desire is that the mind, body, and spirit stay strong enough so that the Bucket List will eventually be completed over the course of many future years; and hopefully at times with the company of those in my life that I cherish by my side to experience such journeys along with me.