Perception is reality or at the very least, your perception is your reality. There’s a pretty good chance that doesn’t reflect the actual reality of the world around you.
2016 was a pretty tumultuous year for me on a personal level, between discovering my own medical issues, having other family medical issues exposed and dealing with my son’s emotional and mental ones. I changed jobs this year, which has stresses attached to it and had the usual other annoying things that happen in a given year such as having to buy new appliances and the always inconvenient (and expensive) car repairs. There is also the eternal struggle of trying to get new material out and bring my books to market. Something I promise to do better in 2017.
And considering the rolling 24 hour news cycle revolving of bleeding and leading conflict, intolerance and celebrity deaths, it makes the world seem more fraught than it really is.
The only way to combat the wall of gloom is to focus on the positive. Because if you let the negative get a toehold in your head, it will effect your ability to go on. One of the things I love most about riding a motorcycle is the level of sensory input coming at you all the time, from the wind buffet of passing vehicles coming the other way, to the enveloping heat that dries out your water soaked neck kerchief in a couple of hours.
It’s hard to feel bad about the world from the back of a motorcycle because when you’re constantly dwarfed by natural spectacle, it puts your place in among it in perspective. It’s easy to draw a line on a map, it’s a much different thing to ride it.
So for me 2016, once you put all of the craziness aside was a great year of personal growth and triumph. 2017 is as of yet, the undiscovered country but that’s half the fun of things, isn’t it.
Happy New Year.