A blog about possibilities.
Mostly about motorbikes.
But that's OK, because motorbikes represent possibility for me at present. I came, I saw, I rode. Yeah, I did it. I'm DOING it.
And that's what life is. Imagine something, work backwards to where you are now, and start.
Don did it. So did I.
So can you.
Imagine, backtrack, start.
There you go. Success in three simple steps.
Leave the money on the fridge...
Australian academics study beer prices at the cricket while the residents of Aleppo cower in fear, their city reduced to dust and ashes around them. Sometimes - a lot of the time - the world looks a very sad place. But it's always been that way. And always will be. Our job is to do what we can to show kindness to those right next to us. That is our sphere of influence and we need to use it.
You're not afraid to pull up mid-lesson, turn the bike off and say to the instructor:
"Sorry mate, you're going too fast. I just need to ride around the carpark for a while and get used to sitting on this damn thing before I start worrying about indicator on, glance in mirror, look over shoulder, feather the clutch..."
Fortunately my instructor is a top bloke and didn't mind at all.
"Good on you," he said, "the student must always set the pace. You just looked very comfortable so I presumed you were ready to move on."
"Nah," I said, "that comfortable look is a complete sham, perfected over many years of being a manager where it's important to look like you know what you're doing even though you haven't got a clue."
Australia is set to become the food bowl of Asia.
We're going to take advantage of the good soils and reliable water supplies in our north and turn it into an agricultural powerhouse.
It will essentially be private enterprise that makes it happen but the government will support it with cheap loans from a pool of $15 billion set aside for the purpose.
All this will be administered by the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, set up in July this year in Cairns.
But let's not depend on it like we did with mining. Even though this is going to essentially double our agricultural output, it still needs to be just one card in our pack if we're to have a truly resilient economy.
Sometimes I read something that just blows me away and makes me realise how much I (we) self-censor when we create.
We continually limit ourselves to what we think people will (a) accept and (b) understand*.
I had my first motorbike lesson yesterday.
Lots of stuff covered, but the big one?
LOOK OUT, NOT DOWN.
So then I came home and played my drums and did the same thing. I looked out at the wall instead of at my hands (or the drums). Immediate difference. I was looser, better.
It's all about TRUST. Trust that we have the wherewithal already in us. Our bodies are amazing creations of incredible complexity. They're designed to operate beautifully on autopilot much of the time. When we override this and try to do things manually, we get average results at best. We are much better than we think! We just have to trust ourselves.
Kids do this naturally of course. You'll know what I mean if you've ever gone to the ski slopes with a six year old and been completely humiliated(!)
Learning to ride a motorcycle is going to be good for me. I'm going to learn trust and humility and a bunch of other things. And I'm also going to learn that "fun" is a perfectly good r…
After my encounter with Harley Lady I went out and got my L plates and booked some lessons.
I soon realised however that Harley Lady's bike is not for beginners, so I've set my sights on one of these Suzukis. They're affordable (half the price of a Harley), approved for beginners (the system is tightly controlled now which is a good thing) yet they still look and feel like a "real" bike. Now to convince the bank managerwife...
PS…this photo came from Zombie Drive Moto. If you're interested in this sort of thing, check it out. Fabulous resource.
PPS… I went and checked out this bike at Rick Gill Motorcyles. After a bit of a chat, Rick said "Let me warn you, you will get addicted to this". Sounds good to me :)