When writing and reading are just as fun as riding

Many times, I get asked why it is that I write a lot about normal happenings. It had also become the focal point of jokes for some. Others say my life is like an open book.

A few have even gone on to say that they don’t even read what I post. None of it has ever bothered me.

Entering my fifth decade now, I have developed an insight into my experience of these normal happenings. I was not able to provide a diplomatically correct response to these questions, and because of that, I was at a loss.

Recently, my sister sent me an interesting article to read. It gave me an insight into my possible subconscious motivations to write. I often try to end my narration with a positive message, or with a point to note or ponder.

Those few who do read my writings can relate to at least one section of what I’ve written and provide feedback on how it relates to them, or how it had helped them. My writings about my riding adventures with Christine (the name of my motorcycle) had encouraged 10 individuals to take up biking. They are happily going at it with gusto now.

Some are not into riding but still enjoy my postings, and the photos even more so. My recent exhilarating experience in a Porsche ‘De Blauer Dämon’ was a good example.

Following my misadventure with Christine, several of my regular readers wished me a speedy recovery and prayed for me to get back on the open road, to restart my rides, and to post those exquisite photos of people, places, food, and mother nature.

This was a great stimulus that has helped to motivate me to heal and recuperate and to strictly follow the doctors’ orders to the letter.

The narration of my misadventure helped to fortify the need for proper safety gear awareness with at least three other bikers investing in a similar brand of gear I was using. Perhaps I should write to the brand to become their brand ambassador! After all, I can vouch for the quality of its products with real-world experience of my high-velocity fall with no major injuries other than torn muscles in the shoulder.

The subsequent follow-up stories of my surgery, recuperation, and ongoing rehabilitation with Miss Thenmoli, the ‘Mistress of Pain’, have encouraged a few to deal with their chronic health issues, which they had put on hold to treat, fearing the arduous and painful recovery process.

Getting back to work and hitting the ground running was also another major booster. The narrations of the ‘Gift of Sight’ project and its outcome encouraged several of my colleagues to initiate similar projects in their respective hospitals.

I also share these stories with the people involved in the project to show how valuable each and everyone’s contribution is in touching the lives of others.

Now, I feel I can answer questions as to why I write. The answer will be all of the above. I’ve learnt so much from the stories of others and hope my stories can do the same – to initiate and to encourage the urge to live, to love, to help, to heal, to laugh, to ride, and most importantly, for people to pen their own happy, joyful and uplifting stories.

Writing and reading are the ultimate life hacks for productivity. It rewires your brain, expands your perspective, and fuels your creativity. Read to learn, read to grow, and read to succeed. The rest of your life is still unwritten.

The pen (or perhaps keyboard) is still in your hand. You can still become all that you desire, and today is the perfect day to begin!

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