I was watching the Chicago Cubs win The World Series when it really hit me...the importance of doing what you love.
I turned to my wife (then fiancée) and said, "You know something? These are the kids who 'wasted their time' playing baseball. I’m sure many an onlooker told them to stop playing games and focus on life or school or whatever. These are the guys that ignored it and just kept on playing. They played baseball through their childhood, through high school, through college and after. 'Just playing'; just 'wasting their time.' 'Playing.’”
As I worked my way through this epiphany, I had to ask myself a really important question: what is it that I truly love doing with my time?
I'm a guy, so naturally the first answer that came to mind was "SEX!" But I don't really love sex in the way that we philosophers call ut sic. Ut sic means "of itself," and I don't just love sex of itself; rather I love sex with my wife because of the amazing connection we get to experience and the way that manifests physically. So as I pondered, I realized loving sex is really more a result than a cause. I definitely do not love the act "of itself."
My mind jumped to the next idea: Motorcycling. Motorcycling I love ut sic. I love everything about it. I love the feel of riding, I love looking at my bike in the garage. I love reading about motorcycles, looking at pictures of them, working at a dealership, talking about motorcycles, teaching others about motorcycling. I love riding one up, two up, into town, touring...with green eggs and ham. I love all of it. I love motorcycling ut sic.
It’s because of this love that riding my motorcycle as a commuter makes all the difference in my daily attitude. It gives me a reason to be grateful, a reason to pray harder, a reason to remember that life is precious, a reason to remember that life is fleeting. It's a moment where the boundaries between inside and outside seem to dissolve.
Which leads me to wonder what motorcycling is to you. Is it just something you do, or is it something you love ut sic? If your answer is the latter, are you riding every moment you can or only when you feel you aren’t “wasting your time?” We all make choices. Every time you choose one thing, you forego another. If you really love to ride ut sic, consider the choices you could make to ride more. And remember those kids who “wasted their time” winning The World Series.
I'll see you on the road.