Real life is not a motorcycle ride

It’s been three weeks since my trip ended.

I was of course very hopeful that some of the things I’d learned about myself on the trip would carry over into real life.

I’m not naive enough to believe that everything would be rainbows and butterflies. I knew there would be struggles.

Overall though I’m pretty happy with how things are going. I have been able to be more social. I have made a few new friends. I even went to a town ice cream social. I didn’t sit in the main group but I was able to talk with people and even made plans to mountain bike with someone later this week. I am also more calm around my family and I’m able to let my kids be kids. Sometimes. I still have a hard time with random noise and I can’t handle chaos. But it’s a start.

I am branching out with my interests so that I don’t get burned out on any one thing.

Just some quick thoughts I wanted to write down.

10 thoughts on “Real life is not a motorcycle ride”

  1. good for you jake. keep doing what youre doing. all of life is a one day at a time proposition. there will be annoyances. there will be good times. try to let the good times outweigh the bad. you CAN let yourself have a happy, enjoyable life. we’re all still pulling for you.


  2. Good to hear from you Jake! Sounds like you’re on your way to a great life! Miss you on the Harley forum…come and say “Hi!” every now and then. Take care…

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  3. Glad to hear from you. You are on your way and wise to recognize what you have accomplished. Celebrate that. Life is lived one day at a time so find the blessings in each day, and keep checking in, recognizing your accomplishments. Sounds to me like you’re doing that. Keep on keeping on is what my PTSD combat veteran always says. Take care.

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  4. So good to hear from you Jake! Wins! I am glad that you are recognizing those wins and that things are going good at home. There will be struggles and realizing that is half the battle. You’ve got this buddy! Keep checking in as I know we would all like to hear from you. As Dave said above we are all hear still pulling for you. Don’t forget to use your two-wheel therapy when you need it.

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  5. Jake, this is Steve Starks. Your Grandma Joan told me about your blog last summer and I just remembered it. I was your grandfather’s home teaching companion and used to snow shoe with you above American Fork Canyon. Do you remember when I came back for you when you fell in the snow hole?

    You sure had an awesome ride. It’s true though that a ride isn’t life. It’s just part of life. It’s great when we can do big things. While you were riding, I was backpacking with a friend and the neighborhood young men in the Uintas. We did 60 miles in 6 days with 6 boys and 5 llamas. It was great but over soon, and then I was back to daily life. One interesting thing with our trip was that we found a 10 year old wallet that a hiker dropped near the trail at 11,500 feet. The boys looked him up and found he was an emergency room doctor in Roosevelt, Utah now. They stopped at his hospital on the way back from a fishing trip and returned his wallet. The doctor today isn’t the young student who dropped his wallet years ago. Neither are we. Life keeps on going. Keep moving forward.


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