Twelve years ago I went through and successfully completed the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Certification program.
And I walked away with a dream.
One day, I wanted to own a motorcycle.
I owned a moped when I was young, and it had me at hello.
I cannot even explain the freedom and joy I felt when driving, yes, even on a little moped.
Twelve years ago, that summer, I accidently stumbled across Rolling Thunder while out driving on the Washington Parkway, my favorite stretch of road to drive in any vehicle.
I was moved to tears by the sheer number of bikers. The power, the sense of community, the purpose of the ride, and fun this group has annually is breath-taking. At least to me.
I’ve been on that stretch of road almost every Memorial Day Weekend/Rolling Thunder since.
It took me a while to be able to take my first motorcycle class.
Summer of 2008, I think.
I learned to drive this….
Honda Rebel, 250cc
I did well, was the only girl in my class, and even had to be leader of the pack for a few drills against my wishes.
Many years passed, I still wanted a motorcycle.
So I decided to take another motorcycle class, with Harley Davidson this time, to refresh my memory and skills.
Summer of 2012, I learned to drive this (not me in the picture)…..
Harley-Davidson Buell® Blast®, 492cc
I did extremely well, was one of three girls in the class, and gladly signed follow me guys I’ve got this as I led several of the drills.
A couple of my fellow classmates asked, Um, why are you taking this class again? You’re the only one out here who is not afraid and knows how to handle that bike!
Summer of 2014…..
My bosses and I are sitting down next Tuesday to review my salary and talk about a raise.
I tried a different tactic. I spoke with my boss yesterday directly, the one who wants a Harley himself, and the one who offered up the review/raise in the first place.
Do you remember that you guys said we would sit down and talk after tax season about my salary and discuss a raise based on my tax season performance?
Well you see this Harley…
I’ve done a lot of research and leg work, and I could get something like it this summer, but a review and raise would be helpful.
Ok. Schedule a meeting next week for you, me and the other boss man to meet.
So now I kinda feel like this…..
But buying and owning a bike is quite a big deal, an enormous decision in my opinion.
So although I am happy, I gotta admit, it is quite scary when your dream can come true.
So I am going to take my time.
And I will probably driving my S2000 with the top down on the George Washington Parkway taking in the Rolling Thunder/Memorial Day Weekend vibe this weekend.
But next year, watch out boys and girls, there’s gonna be a new biker chick in town!