5 ways that riding a motorcycle is just like living life

Yellow bikesI love riding motorcycles. I love older bikes, newer bikes, smaller bikes, bigger bikes. Some trips are as short of going down the street to meet a friend for coffee, and some are as long as Vancouver to Halifax. Over the years, I have come to realize that riding a motorcycle is very much like living life. Here are some similarities I’ve noticed:

  1. Ride your own style

It’s fun when you get a group of friends together to go on a road trip. But everyone has a different riding style—some like to ride straight through a 12-hour day, some like to stop and smell the flower, some like to ride like they’re racing, and some like to go slow and enjoy the scenery.

If you always ride according to someone else’s style, you will eventually feel resentful. Ultimately, you have to figure out what your style is, regardless of who you are riding with.Bike buddies

  1. Sometimes you have to go alone

If you always have to wait to get a group together to go riding, you’ll miss out on good riding days and you’re leaving your fate in the hands of others. While having company is great, there are days you just have go out alone and have fun on your own.Duffy Lake loop motorcycle ride-6422

  1. It’s the journey

Riding is similar to life in that the destination doesn’t have to be the highlight. The destination is worth celebrating, but sometimes the best part is the road, the experience, and the journey.FZ6

  1. Take a break

Even in the most fast paced and exciting journey, there are stretches where things get a little mundane, or a little tiring. Taking a break is a good thing physically and mentally. Even a quick stop to get off the bike can re-energize a boring or discouraging stretch.Windy road

  1. Look up

The first thing I learned about riding a motorcycle is to fix my eyes on where I want to go, and the bike will follow. If I keep my eyes far ahead on the road, that’s where I will steer. But if I’m looking down on the pavement, I’ll end up crashing and hitting the pavement. So even when things are looking a little hairy, I always tell myself to keep my eyes far ahead and look up.

Cliff riding

Day 240-245 of 365

I am so behind on posting my 365 images, it’s embarrassing.

Cliff made this orange jello dessert. He mixed orange juice from the orange with a seaweed extract and let it set in the peel.

Cliff made this orange jello dessert. He mixed orange juice from the orange with a seaweed extract and let it set in the peel.

This handsome little man has the most mesmerizing blue eyes I've ever seen.

This handsome little man has the most mesmerizing blue eyes I’ve ever seen.

I photographed this family saying goodbye to their little baby. It was so emotional, yet their love is so beautiful.

I photographed this family saying goodbye to their little baby. It was so emotional, yet their love is so beautiful.

I am almost done putting together the series of piano photos. Can't wait to share the gallery!

I am almost done putting together the series of piano photos. Can’t wait to share the gallery!

Savanna painting.

Savanna painting.

My munchkins make terrible models for my light test.

My munchkins make terrible models for my light test.

Day 239/365 {film}

Angela Chang Photography Day 239 of 365

I thought I had lost the entire roll of film because I accidentally popped the film cover open before rewinding the film back in. When I got the developed film back, I was so thrilled to see that there was no light leak and all my exposures were intact. I had the whole roll printed.

I think I’m definitely going to keep playing with film. I can’t find a way to adjust the white balance, so I will probably stick with daylight. Also the low light performance is practically non-existent. I also have hard time focusing fast enough to catch the kids in action.

There’s just something so nostalgic and so true about film–it’s like being wrapped in an old warm blanket while on a cozy couch. I dig it.

Day 234/365 {his circle}

Angela Chang Photography Day 234 of 365

This is a digital scan of an image I took on film last week (hence a bit out of order with the date number on this). It’s Joshua’s “rock collection” as he calls it, lined up on a log at the beach. Each rock represents people most important to him in his circle. From left to right, we have:

  • Keanon (his all-time-favorite cousin)
  • Savanna
  • Joshua
  • Daddy (the biggest rock in the middle)
  • Mommy
  • Po-po (grandma)
  • Rachel (super awesome babysitter)
  • Hope (the postpartum doula we had for 10 months)

I love getting these little insights to his world and what is important to him.