Motorcycle Therapy – Why I Need It

With all the health issues I have, depression comes easy. I have always been active. I have ran the Hood to Coast Relay race twice, the Klondike Road Race, two marathons and work on my 5 acres. I work on cars and have a bus we want to convert to a motor home.

But something has happened. I got to feeling better, and sometimes energetic, but no stamina. Was it me being out of shape?

I ran across the Spoon Theory and cried a bit. It was at this point I understood why I can’t do what I once did. My chronic illnesses, cancer and hyperthyroidism, takes too much away from living life. I wake up with less spoons than I once did. Sometime I wake up and am already out of spoons.

This is where my motorcycle comes in. Riding on the worst day doesn’t take any spoons away and on a good day adds some. Riding my motorcycle makes me feel alive. Riding gives me time to clear my head and focus on the now.

A really interesting fact is I am not the only one who feels this way. There was an interview with Long Haul Paul, aka Paul Pelland, who discussed some extreme long distance riding and dealing with MS. Here is a link: Long Riders Radio to the podcast. The whole podcast is great, but starting at 23:00 is where he discusses how his health has improved due to riding. Paul rides to raise awareness and funds for MS. See his website here: Long Haul Paul.

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Joshua Smith

I am the father of six beloved children and a husband to a lovely woman. I am also a follower of Christ, an electrical engineer in the power industry, a cancer fighter and a motorcycle rider

2 thoughts on “Motorcycle Therapy – Why I Need It”

  1. Very insightful post. It reminds me of why I got back into motorcycling. I enjoy riding my motorcycle even if it is only to work, but I get to forget about all of my stresses and concentrate on something I enjoy doing.

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