Live Like You’re Riding A Harley



I took my first long distance motorcycle ride with a group of friends. That’s if you call riding from the South Shore of Massachusetts to Stowe, Vermont, long distance. I say it counts. We left at 7:00 in the morning and arrived in Stowe at 5:30 in the evening. That’s long distance enough for me. Normally the trip would take three hours — not almost 11 — but we would have missed so much.

We took the scenic route, which was absolutely gorgeous. There were several moments that took my breath away. I couldn’t help but revel in the sights, the smells, the sounds and the beauty of our journey. Our bikes took us on winding roads through quaint villages, and hugged meandering rivers dotted with cascading rapids. We sailed past rustic, covered bridges, lush green forests painted with beautiful waterfalls, and farm-studded rolling hills. The fresh air brought an array of different fragrances: the sweetness of the blossoming lilacs, the rich smell of earth, and the fresh scent of pine.

During our ride I didn’t once think about arriving at our destination. It was the journey, the ride, that occupied my full attention. I considered how life is just like this. It’s the journey that matters in life, not the final destination.

But most times, we are in such a hurry that we sail right by the beautiful sights, sounds and smells of life, sheltered in our speedy little vehicles. We miss the adventure and the journey traveling all cooped up in a haste to arrive. But not on a motorcycle! On a Harley, you can savor the precious moments this beautiful world has to offer up close and personal.

We don’t know when or where our journey will end. All we know is we have this day, this moment right here, right now. If we make the most of the present moment and don’t live in the past or worry about the future, we can enjoy the ride. We can revel in the magic and the beauty that surrounds us, assuring a rewarding adventure moment by moment.

Now I try to remember to “ride” every day: to smell the flowers, the pine trees and the salty air of the ocean, to notice the sunrises, the sunsets and the clouds in the sky. I try to notice the little miracles and the magic this beautiful thing called life brings me every day. I don’t worry about the final destination, I just want to enjoy the journey, the ride.

Next time you see a motorcycle, take a deep breath, smile and remind yourself it’s the journey that brings so much pleasure, and ride on, ride on.

Judy Luca is a life coach, Reiki Master and author with over 30 adult and children’s books to her name, inspiring people from around the world. Visit her website:

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