Listen up bub, this is your bike speaking! All you girls also please pay attention. I may sound a bit rough, – coughing – that’s because right now I am in the body of a 15-year-old cruiser that’s back from its third Ladakh tour. All that stuff in the exhaust has affected my voice but the heart (engine) is pure. I represent the soul of your two-wheeled BAE and I’ve got some words of wisdom for all you riders.
Maintenance Is Prime
The quarterly visit to the service centre is like spa therapy for me. A dedicated mechanic changes my oil, cleans the air filter, and gives me a much-needed shower. I am a machine after all, and all machines need is timely maintenance. It’s all about maintaining the mind, body and soul.
Flowing ahead, I glimpse into the rear-view mirror,
I see honest mistakes and memories so dear.
It warns me about repeating the past and helps me overcome the hurdle,
Reminds me to never forget the hands that rocked my cradle.
Yeah, yeah! Poetry, I know. I am an old soul after all. The rear-view mirror does teach you to not repeat mistakes, to cherish memories, and never forget your roots. However, one mustn’t get overwhelmed by the past, as it has the power to hold you captive. Let go of the clutch, shift gears in the present, and accelerate to the future.
Follow the Rules
Red signal means stop, green signal means go. I understand that, and on most occasions you do as well. Even though we slide pass our bulkier four-wheeler mates from the left corner in traffic, we maintain lane discipline.
Similarly in life, you Sapiens need to follow basic rules so that everyone is on the same page and keeps evolving. In individualistic terms, these rules can mean being self-disciplined. And in a holistic way, it can mean living in harmony with the world by following rules that govern the globe. No rules = total chaos.
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The feisty rickshaw comes in a bit close, the truck refuses to move an inch sideways, the scooter tries to scoot its way ahead, the bus is moving at a snail’s pace and I have to take you to your important meeting and we are stuck in immovable traffic! But is there anything I can do about the traffic? Not at all. So, I don’t fuss about it.
Just like this, sometimes you’re stuck in life for no fault of yours. Fretting over it and losing your sense of calm will only burn your fuel. Keep a lid over that ego, it will tell you to blast your way away but remember, you are just a speck in this universe. Nothing more, nothing less. Keep calm and breathe on.
Enjoy the Journey
When the time comes to leave this tired body, all I will remember is the glorious mountain rides, serene coastal roads, short-rides to the café, long night-rides, and that day in the rain. In the end, it will be about breathing the last breath knowing that I enjoyed the journey.
For you also, the key to a good life is to make the most of your journey and enjoy it to the fullest. Life isn’t a race, it is neither a struggle, it is what you want to make of it. You have the map, choose where you want to go. It doesn’t matter whether you reach your destination, what matters is for you to enjoy the journey.
Speaking of the journey, do not forget to renew your bike insurance from time to time. As the old saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry. All right then, time to go. A new journey awaits…
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