You know when a hobby turns into a passion by the way you start organizing your life around your passion rather than the opposite. In a perfect world it becomes your life. That’s how I feel about motorcycles.
Every plan I make has always this element of “how will this affect riding or working on the bike”. In the real world, you can never fit all the pieces of the puzzle to a perfect picture however sad that is. I am right now facing a difficult choice that might keep me from my passion during the best of times, the summertime, and to be honest, not being able to ride is a bigger issue than my surroundings would expect.
Of course there is a life outside two wheels, a frame and an engine. Like family. That is more important to me than motorcycles but if I have those two in place, then I know I’ll be happy no matter what (if motorcycles would turn into a profession somehow that is). And now I am facing a decision that could potentially put me out of reach of both. But life isn’t always about finding the easiest road. Sometimes you have to face the gnarliest, most dangerous path around in order to benchmark where you are at, in order to feel alive and get that appreciation of life back. Although it is very nice to ride smoothly through life, it is the challenging terrain that evolves you as a rider and as a person.
But then again, giving up riding four months would hurt me more than I can explain. If you ride, you know. If you don’t, you won’t. Simple as that…