Anxiety and the Motorcyle experience

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

  1. HairBear

    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    I also saw your pre-ride post.
    Congrats on a great trip!
    "but there's supposed to be a kaboom an earth shattering kaboom!":rofl
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  2. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Halt ! And be fricasseed !

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  3. Gripsteruser

    Gripsteruser Got a handle on it

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    Be sure and keep a copy (or copies) of the pictures and your narrative in a non-volatile form so that you can return to it many times in the future no matter what incompatibility mayhem Microsoft may inflict on the world.

    I took a post-Navy celebratory solo motorcycle ride across the country and halfway back and am SOOOO glad I put the pictures and captions into an album. Paging thru the album helps me relive the adventure. I'll treasure the memories until I die.

    Facing your fears and expanding your boundaries IS the adventure.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Gramp-Z

    Gramp-Z Been here awhile

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    Just stumbled on your thread . I have been dealing with the same problems for about 26 years myself . My motorcycles have been the key in reducing my stress . Enjoying the report , though I probably won't ever make it to that part of the country . I hated taking any of the meds I tried but a former co-firefighter / EMT told me to try a anxiety/stress reduction tape (late 80s) . I have used it many times over the years and have it on my iphone in case of a flair up . Here is a link http://www.successworld.com/stress-relief-self-hypnosis . Best $20 I ever spent . I hate the attacks that hit out of nowhere . Good job on taking your "breakthrough " ride . Looking forward to many more posts , thanks .:gerg
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  5. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Thanks for the advise Gripsteruser , gonna work on that .
    Gramp- Z
    I struggled for years and still do , probably always will . But I plan on trying new things , not allowing my issues to beat me into submission.
    Ride on ...

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  6. Dirtbiker

    Dirtbiker Been here awhile

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    Wannabee, and all of those riders who of responded to this thread. What a great forum this is. I'm suffering from anxiety plus OCD myself, currently I'm an aircraft contractor. I just started working here in Charleston, South Carolina.

    I purchased, and started, riding my first street bike a V-Strom 650. I told my friend I'm tired of being afraid. And, I just turned 53 in July.

    Keep it up with your road trips. It's really great therapy.
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  7. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Thank you Dirtbiker...and good on ya for getting out there and fighting the good fight .
    My brain is spinning right now....how good would it be to have a small gathering of inmates suffering from the same issues ? Camp somewhere...have some riding to see the local sights and sit around the fire and discuss issues , how to deal with them or just hang out with others to get out an about .
    Sounds like a cool weekend and an excuse to ride and meet one another

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  8. Dragonflylily

    Dragonflylily Been here awhile

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    Hey Wannabee, dig the KLR, great looking bike but more importantly your ability to be honest in reference to what your life is like & how it feels to live with a brain that works a wee bit differently than most others. Mine is also one of the "other brains" but I'm learning to embrace its charms & embrace its opposition to whatever normal means.

    Getting on my bike beats the brain all get out, as does hiking or doing anything outdoors.

    Keep being real, it's refreshing.....

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  9. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    Hi Dragonflylily
    Thanks , the KLR is a great bike , I feel like a ninja on it . Lol
    Thanks for the support , it is refreshing to get some of the stuff off my chest . Its quite easy because of the anonymous factor , noone really knows me so only my screen name is judged . I have ridden for years , never anything as big as this , but have put many miles in the helmet trying to unscramble what is going on in my head .
    I too like to get out in the woods , being in a much simpler enviroment helps to slow down the thoughts and allow the fog to dissipate a little .
    Normal...is there such a beast ?

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  10. Corbeau

    Corbeau Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing...

    Some of my high school students, in a drop-out recovery program, are dealing with anxiety and your RR helped me understand them a little better.
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  11. Dirtbiker

    Dirtbiker Been here awhile

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    Well, your not alone!!! We and others can talk of our experiences. Your ride report has really impressed me. Camping sounds like fun. Right now, my bike is a commuter, which isn't my sole intentions of owning the V-Storm 650.

    I brought my bike with me this time. Right now, I'm just getting the lay of the town, not to mention of getting through the everyday STRESSES and SURPRISES of work.

    Wannabee, you stay with it, right now I'm 53, I believe you can get through this. This is a great forum. I also want to say again your photography really removed some of the STRESSES I've recently been through. So, keep it up.
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  12. Kit_Foxley

    Kit_Foxley Dreamer

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    Thanks for writing this RR. I've fought with various forms of anxiety for most of my life, and like you, i think, my bike has been a way for me to push my limits. I'm worried to the point of illness before, sometimes, but elated when i achieve whatever i'd set out to do. This summer, i want to ride about 2k miles east to my "home town" to visit my folks, show my mom how far i've come from being a terrified little girl. It's more than i've ever done before, but your RR gives me some hope that I, too, can slay my demons.

    Thank you.
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  13. Woods Rider

    Woods Rider X-Crazed Racing Fool

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    I too have anxiety issues and have for years! It drove me to race enduros and hare scrambles, even a couple 24 hour races. It kept my mind from thinking too much, crazy but true...lol!

    I did the BRP a couple years ago and it was absolutely spiritual! You are not alone, brother!

    Now I've taken up ocean sailing! It scares the shit out of me to be a hundred miles from land (or another boat/human) but the exhilleration is better than meds!

    Discovery about yourself and overcoming those demons is it's own reward! Keep riding and pushing through.

    The fear of a panic attack is worse than actually having one.

    Thanks for posting your RR!
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  14. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Thanks for sharing your ride report and your honesty about your feelings.
    Regards....justjeff
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