Birth-days are a funny thing.
People love them or hate them. They either celebrate them with oodles of gusto, or they pretend it doesn't happen of "it's just another day". It is a trend that I am inching closer to fully understanding; where the older people get, the less they want to know about it - AND let others know about it either! lol
So instead of celebrating one extra candle on top of the cake, one year closer to your ...(insert year here)... why not simply celebrating it by "being able"?
Being able to wake up. That's a start!
Being able to throw a leg over a bike, to have a bike, possibly a daytona (like Steve Vtec is going to have one day).
Being able to work a clutch, or being able to recall silly adventures with mates.
Being able to recall adventures, and the comraderie, or jokes played on others.
Or being able to hug your loved ones or near and dearest.
To be able to have gadgets or toys to play with, to record memories on.
To be able to visit and appreciate new places.
To be able to still feel the body feelings you have when going round the corners or having bum muscles that work a charm when you have those... pucker moments. We've all been there.
To recall the learnings from oopsies.
Being able to still be involved in motorcycling in some shape, way or form....
And now being one year older... I can safely say I STILL don't feel any older OR mature, for that matter! Prob cause I'm still waiting for a growth spurt...
If there was one thing I would say to my younger self is : Go get your bike licence as soon as you can. NOW!
So now I don't feel like I"m playing catch-ups on all the kms of touring good fun.
I ticked off all my Bday pre-requisites today, even if they didn't go according to plan...
Friend of mine riding had a bit of an oopsie moment (rider's pride was most hurt out of the ordeal), but was at least considerate enough to have it after he bought me brunch :
Spent time on the bike - check!
Ate lots - check!
Saw a good mate & saw fam - check!
Had a giggle or two - check!
That's as good as bday anyone can hope for.
Thanks for all those lovely NetRider well wishes! Hope everyone had a nice day as well!
Here's me, in a photo fail, not getting to my designated spot on time before the self timer flashed. Ate too much cake...