An interview with me and by me….
In our empty-nest life, my husband and I enjoy riding our Harley-Davidson motorcycle. I know there are questions about this form of recreation and thought I would share my thoughts in this blog:
Do you know this is a dangerous way to recreate?
Yes, we are aware there are safer ways to have fun.
Do you wear a helmet?
Yes, we wear protective gear, including helmets, every time we ride.
Why do you ride?
I’m so glad you asked!
I ride because it is my husband’s passion and something he enjoys very much. I just sit back and enjoy being “along for the ride”. The number one reason I enjoy riding is to be with him. It’s something we can do together to have fun. I am a country girl and I love to be out and enjoy the countryside. I don’t have to “do anything” while riding. It is peaceful and adventurous as the same time.
Other women I know enjoy riding their own motorcycle, but I personally enjoy the lack of responsibility when I’m “along for the ride”.
Do you always ride with him?
No, he also enjoys riding alone. So far, all of his long-distance trips have been without me, though we are planning one in the future. He frequently rides alone for relaxation.
Do you care what people think about you riding a motorcycle?
I care what God and my husband think of me, other than that I try to hold loosely to what other people think.
Are you suggesting everyone go out and get a motorcycle?
NO! I am not. But I would encourage you to try whatever form of recreation your husband enjoys and see if you could learn to enjoy it, too.
I believe it is important to find a way to connect with your husband that includes a hobby or recreation he enjoys. That can be many things and will vary with seasons of life and personalities.
What are other forms of recreation we could enjoy together?
The list is endless, but here are a few ideas: fishing, hunting, shooting, archery, hiking, boating, kayaking, movies, gaming, chess, golf, cooking, and gardening. Study your husband to see what he enjoys, or better yet – ask him!
What if I don’t think I will like a form of recreation my husband enjoys?
You don’t know unless you try. You could always bring a book!
Ecclesiastes 9:9 (NASB)
9 Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.