As we get into the exciting and pointy end of the race season for most disciplines, which can also be nerve racking and an exhausting time for parents, I thought it would be the perfect time to share Jeremy Hammer's (Ride Journal) thoughts on growing up in the sport we are all so passionate about. Jeremy also writes about the importance of taking time out to do what you love just for the fun of it.
IT WAS JUST LIKE OLD TIMES
Most riders who’ve been fortunate enough to experience a childhood of racing motorcycles know that parents play a pretty integral and special role in being able to do what most kids could only ever dream of.
They’ll sacrifice their income and time, wake up early and go to bed late, and they’ll be there rain, hail or shine just so your spoiled arse can have some fun.
It’s only natural to begin doing things yourself as you grow older, like going riding or racing without mum or dad in favour of going by yourself or closest riding buddies.
That’s been very much the case for myself since slowing down from competitive racing a number of years ago. I went from being at the track every Sunday with my old man by my side to heading out with my mates instead.
Sure, he’s come along from time to time, but nothing like what it used to be. In fact, up until last weekend, it had probably been two years I’d been out riding with the old boy.
Things have changed since we were last out the track together. We used to cart the bike in a pretty swift enclosed trailer with all the bits and pieces, but having such a piece of equipment was hard to justify when you’re just riding for fun. We moved that on a while ago and recently acquired a box trailer to get the job done.
It was just like old times.
Actually, it was exactly how we started out 19 years. Dad and I (plus my brother back then), our bikes and box trailer. There were no ‘luxuries’ back then.
It felt quite nostalgic being out the track with him. Maybe it was because it had been so long, maybe it was because he continued to add his two cents worth on my riding technique, or perhaps it was because he was still willing to be out in the cold and rain just so I could have some fun.
It was just like old times.
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DO SOMETHING WORTH REMEMBERING
Do something worth remembering. It sounds pretty cliche, hey? But how often do we actually do something that remains in engrained in our minds for years to come? The truth is, not often enough.
We all get stuck in the patterns and routines of life which can deter us from a path of actually doing something memorable. I’ve become pedantic in making sure to grasp the opportunities to do something that’s cool and fun instead of the usual bore that we can sometimes fall into.
Just thinking about this topic brings back so many fond memories of riding my motorcycle with my buddies, some from riding in the most ideal locations where everything is just all-time, to other occasions where I really just couldn’t be bothered, yet it turned out to be an unforgettable experience.
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