Thursday, August 25, 2011

Motorcycles & Courage

As I write this I'm 60 years, 9 months, 4 days old.

Most folks might think that I should know better.

But about six weeks ago I went and purchased a new motorcycle.

A Suzuki C50SE Boulevard.  That's a 50 cubic inch - 805 cc - cruiser style bike.

 This picture is from my first ride - to the iconic wide spot in the road - Luckenbach Texas.

I am adding a significant amount of aftermarket accessories to make the bike into exactly what I want in a motorcycle.

In a later post I'll provide details and pictures once the process is complete.

Suffice to say for now that buying the bike correlates closely with my first post about courage. 

I'm not ready to go easily from this earthly plane and while I'm here and physically capable I'm gonna go have some fun - and riding a motorcycle is - for me - lots and lots of fun.

The point of this blog is to provide a spot to share adventures and thoughts.  Plans and foibles.  The major successes and the lesser.  Document serendipity.  Comment on man's fate - La Condition Humaine.

So check in from time to time as this blog begins its journey documenting all that and more.


ABOUT COURAGE... (some excerpts from COURAGE... The Joy of Living Dangerously by OSHO)

The word courage comes from the latin root cor, which means heart,so courageous means to live with the heart. The way of the heart is the way of courage.

It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be.

Courage is to move on dangerous paths. Life is dangerous, and only cowards can avoid the danger--but then, they are already dead.

A person who is alive, really alive, vitally alive, will always move into the unknown. There is danger there, but he will take the risk.

The heart is always ready to the risk, the heart is a gambler. The head is a businessman. The head always calculates--it is cunning. The heart is non calculating.  What is your mind?  It is all that you have known.  It is the past, the dead, that which has gone. Mind is nothing but the accumulated past, the memory.

Heart is the future; heart is always the hope, heart is always somewhere in the future.  Head thinks about the past and heart dreams about the future.  To accept the challenge of the unknown in spite of all courage.

The fears are there, but if you go on accepting the challenge again and again, slowly those fears disappear. The experience of the joy that is the unknown brings, the great ecstasy that starts happening with the unknown, makes you strong enough, gives you a certain integrity, makes your intelligence sharp.  For the first time you start feeling that life is not just days of boredom, but an adventure. Then slowly slowly fears disappear; then you are always seeking and search for some adventure.

But basically courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar, the comfortable for the uncomfortable, arduous pilgrimage to some unknown destination.
One never knows whether one will be able to make it or not. It is gambling, but only the gamblers know what life is.