I did it.
I finally did it.
I bought a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
It only took me eight years.
What? I like to mull things over.
In late May of 2008, I took the Motorcycle Rider Training Program Course at a community college. I passed and obtain my motorcycle license.
Four years passed. I decided to take the training again prior to buying a bike.
In June of 2012, I took the Motorcycle Rider Training Program Course at Harley Davidson. I passed and again obtain my motorcycle license.
Four years passed.
During that four-year period I did take a private motorcycle refresher lesson to keep my skills fresh.
June 26, 2016 – I finally bought my Harley!
For the last six months I have been studying audio books like mad, cannot get enough.
That is probably because I find myself sitting in a lot of traffic to and fro work five days a week, so I might as well do something useful.
The book that had the most impact recently is The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss.
My job is not mobile so I really cannot use the remote workweek as suggested. However there is a lot of other useful information throughout the book.
The point that hit home for me was his thoughts on retirement.
We work until we can retire (if we are lucky), but your strongest years have passed in the process.
Strongest in that, when you are most vital, at your peak, you are busy working yourself to death so you can retire.
He suggests mini retirements along the course of your life.
Do some of the things now, along the way that you really, really want to do and experience in your lifetime.
For me, I want to own and ride a motorcycle. I’ve been at this for 8 years so I don’t think this is a passing fling.
I knew that if I didn’t do it now, I never would. For. Real.
What was I going to do, wait until I retired and couldn’t handle a motorcycle?
God willing, now I have at least 20 years of riding in my future.
I finally took out all of the other factors, like worrying about people worrying about me and instead went with the deep desire that I and I only have – I want a motorcycle.
I don’t want regrets. I want to live and experience things that bring me joy. Plus you only have one life.
I will work hard, I will work long but there has to be something of value on the other side that makes it all worthwhile.
I’ll share the other books that have been shaping my thought processes soon.
Books that have led me to studying Accounting Fundamentals I and II online, the thought of earning a Bookkeeping Certificate to further my skills at work and perhaps make money on the side, and books that have helped me to increase my 401k savings while paying my bills and buying my motorcycle.
For now, I hope you will look at your own life.
Is there something that you really, really want or need to try now?
It doesn’t have to be big to bring a whole lot of satisfaction and happiness into your life.