I like watching movies that make me laugh and one of my favorites is Wild Hogs. There is one line at the end of the movie that sums up what road trips should be like. Damian Blade, the character played by Peter Fonda, and founder of the fictitious Del Fuegos told the Wild Hogs to “lose the watch”.
If you’re like me, your days are filled with schedules. From work to school to taking the kids to their activities and picking them up, our lives are controlled by schedules. We set schedules to manage our time, but the reality is that in the end schedules control us and not the other way around. To be blunt, schedules suck!
Remember when you were a kid and time wasn’t an issue? You went out to play and didn’t come in until mom yelled that it was time for dinner. OK, I’m over 40 and that’s the way I remember it being.
Schedules are a necessary evil in life, but it’s my opinion they should only be for work, school and taking motorcycles in for service. For everything else, don’t set schedules! Lose the watch and enjoy life! Get on your bike and go for a ride. Come home when it’s dark or when it’s time for dinner. Stop and have a coffee, watch the clouds go by, watch people rushing to their appointments, let life come to you. Doing this feels very wrong at first, you’ll feel like there’s something you should be doing or that you’re being “lazy”. That’s OK, you’ve been programmed to feel this way and it will take a while to reprogram. The more you get off the schedules, the more relaxed you’ll feel and time will stand still.
Look at it this way; life has a beginning and an end with living taking place in between.
So while you’re still breathing, make the decision to lose the watch and live. Have some fun and relax. You don’t need a watch to let you know time is passing by.
PS: I wrote this a few years ago following the suddenly passing of a friend from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 43.