Anxiety and the Motorcyle experience

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Wannabee, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Rick1013

    Rick1013 Adventurer

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    I've got a KLR and the same BILT helmet!

    I do website work for a school in Utah that helps young adults who struggle with anxiety issues. You'd be too old for their program, but you might be interested in some of the things in their website. Check out their "Mindful Completion Model". You may find some things that would help you:

    http://www.waypointacademy.com

    Keep fighting and keep riding. The real world is a beautiful place!
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  2. Plattypus

    Plattypus ADV wannabe

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    Subscribed!

    I too can empathise with you, I know how utterly horrible it can be. It's wonderful to see that you're overcoming it to do something like this. I can imagine you'll end up being an inspiration to a fair number of people on here, both with your ride and how open you are about it all. It helps people be more aware and more likely to get help when needed if we can all be open about it :)

    Hope the trip continues to go well, I'm really looking forward to reading up on all your exploits! :lurk
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  3. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    Extremely well done, and I mean that in the broadest sense.

    I am quite familiar with the dark monkey that hides and waits to jump on us.

    It is difficult for them to get a fix on us if we KEEP MOVING.

    The KLR an excellent choice for that. :evil

    I will shout out to Rick1013 at the same time here and say you are most profound in your newb-ness,

    You have a couple great, priceless quotable-quotes I will be sharing with others.

    I have to believe that every time you give your anxiety the finger and push out that envelope with a successful experience, your world just got wider and brighter.

    Keep resisting the voices of doubt and fear. Be smart, but tell your anxiety to f*ck-off. You've got a wonderful life to live. It's been waiting for you.

    Words well spoken! :deal
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  4. rockinrog

    rockinrog Long timer

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    Glad I found your report! (thanks Ferris).
    Also glad to see you had a great time and accomplished your goals.:clap
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  5. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Thanks everyone for the support and kind words . I hope I can do something as positive as this again in the future , and be a positive influence on the way others feel

    sent from my Illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator
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  6. Jimbo57

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    A tip of the hat to ya! You've probably inspired and done more for others that read this than for yourself. What an accomplishment in every sense of the word.
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  7. MaverickChick

    MaverickChick I do my own stunts.

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    X2 :clap
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  8. Fast Ferris

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    Amen and +1,000,000 to that.


    Welcome. :-)



    Well done, Wannabee. :clap
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  9. NitroRoo

    NitroRoo Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your adventure, including the internal thought process. It's very interesting to read about how different we all are. I think as the quote above says, if you keep pushing your boundaries out, soon you'll have left a lot of that anxiety behind. You've been through some of the best roads and best scenery this country has to offer - there's something therapeutic about that.
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  10. John Dirt

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    I really like your report, my Dad lives about 10 minutes from Devil's courthouse, I love that spot.
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  11. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Thanks NitroRoo
    You are right ... I got to experience some of the most beautiful countryside and epic roads imaginable . And I made it without the major meltdown I had feared ..it was not without incident but manageable .
    Believe it or not , this trip has set the wheels in motion for the next trip I have always wanted to do , Rt 50 coast to Coast and Rt 30 , Lincoln Hwy back . Next year maybe .. we'll see what happens between now and then .
    Until then ... I will keep riding , keep doing whatever it takes to keep control of the anxiety , the issues with my PTSD and trudge on .
    My next small goal is to maybe attend one of the events with fellow inmates , something I have tried to do and could never bring myself to go .
    Thank you all , everyone that responded to this report and everyone who PMed me , it is greatly appreciated and means a hell of alot to me . Thank you ....

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  12. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Enjoyed reading your report. Your ride took you through some of my favorite places. :thumb
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  13. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Completed the BRP End 2 Ender program , should recieve my packet in 2-3 weeks ! I feel like I completed something special .

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  14. rockinrog

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    Congrats.. you get a nice certificate and a pin as I recall.
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  15. jbm

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    Nice work and congratulations in all respects
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  16. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Thanks...I can't stop thinking about the trip. .up amd downs. I am seriously thinking about doing it again in reverse , being familiar with it may be a little easier. Loved the experience though

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  17. iBiker

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    I can tell you from my own experiences with General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks there is no better treatment than a motorcycle. About 4 years ago I stumbled upon a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 that I had to have. I know, I know you already think I am full of shit because I ride a HD. Just remember that the other 99% of Harley owners are some pretty good people. Actually I have a Suzuki DR650 as well so I get snubbed by both distinct crowds depending on which one I am riding.

    Anyway back to the situation at hand. Your goal and reaching that goal is quite an accomplishment. Having anxiety gnawing at you can really be a fucking pain. I have been there brother and I live with it each day but I know for damn sure that a bike has been the single best decision I have made in a long long time. So I am here to tell you the same as many others, keep on kicking ass, fight the demons in your head with wind in your face and twist of the throttle, and enjoy what you have been missing.

    Anticipating the fear of anxiety is the worst. Fight through it and you will realize you have won. I admire your courage to just say "fuck it and ride" and at the same time I know exactly how it makes you feel when you do win.

    Keep on Keepin' on. Chin up, smile and grit your teeth when necessary.

    I wish you all the best!
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  18. Wannabee

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    This showed up this morning ...I am official !

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  19. JB2

    JB2 Dirt Of The Earth

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    Wannabee,

    Can' tell you how many times I've done the BRP from end to end. I never knew such a program existed. Thanks for the info. Looks like another trip is in order to get some more goodies for the moto-room.

    I second iBiker's thoughts. Motorcycle travel will cure almost anything that ails ya.:clap

    Ride Often, Ride Safe, JB2
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  20. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    I saw it posted ...figured it was a cool thing to document . I plan on doing it again backward ..just cause I liked it so much

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