Scooters and the art of Zen

zenThe other day I had a sudden realization that riding on my scooter has become my zen place.  For some, this is no surprise as they have come to this awareness long ago.  For me, I just needed a little over 10,000 miles.  So how can something with so much risk be so calming?

We all have places in our lives where we think more clearly.  Many people prefer the beach and the sounds of the ocean while others go for more traditional places like a library or the modern day library, Starbucks.  For me, I find that the focus I put toward riding on the streets brings forth a sense of peace.  Just about anytime I get on the scooter, ten minutes into the ride I’ve thought of a solution to an ongoing problem or come up with a cure for cancer (well maybe not that last one).  Sometimes it’s a business idea or other times it’s a thinking of going to a great restaurant (that last one may be from riding past them).  Being able to ride at 75+ MPH (yes it can go faster) also provides a thrill like nothing you can describe.  It’s during those times that focus on the road becomes important and can even be relaxing at the same time.

Riding the scooter also provides a calming effect when I’ve had a bad day.  It’s almost like a drug that gives me that temporary euphoric feeling of joy if only for a few minutes.  I notice that even when I’ve had a particularly bad day, the ride home tends to make it all seem so trivial.  Even on a Monday, the ride into work makes it less crappy. In fact, nearly anytime I get to ride, I feel better just thinking about it.

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Scooters parked at Vespa Austin for Bike Night

As I’m writing this post I’m trying to think about the ride I was on when I discovered my zen place.  I recently went on a short group ride in Austin that ended at Vespa Austin‘s bike night (see the sucky picture below).  During the ride and on the way home after a beer, brat and talking scooters, I thought this would make a good topic for a post.  It only took me 5 days to get it onto the site but I’ve not figured out how to get the ideas I come up with while riding into something I can remember after the ride.  Perhaps the helmet has magical powers and I should keep it on after I get off the scooter.  I guess the answer to that question will come on a future ride.

Most of us have stress in our lives.  If you didn’t already have a good reason to ride a scooter, maybe it can help you get to your zen place too.

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