When you see those black clouds starting to roll in and feel the atmosphere start to change, when you sense the black dog as it breathes down your neck, will you tough it out or do you have the strength to allow yourself to be vulnerable?
Can you find the strength to allow yourself to be vulnerable?
You can tough it out but for how long? How long until those black clouds turn into a full scale storm? How long until the black dog starts tearing at your throat as you slowly suffocate? How long until you can’t take it anymore?
Or can you find the strength to allow yourself to be vulnerable? Allow yourself to see the storm that is approaching and say, hey black dog, I know you are there!
It takes a huge amount of strength to face that truth but once you allow yourself to accept it, you can give yourself the time you need to thrash it out, scream, cry, shout, sit in silence and eventually heel as you gradually let it go.
I know how exhausting and draining this can be and even if you only on some days manage to get out of bed, that’s OK. But please stop trying to tough it out, stop hiding in the shadows, allow yourself to be vulnerable and recognise your own mental health needs and your bodies warning signs when you are getting to that point. We need to start taking our mental health seriously. Life is too precious and beautiful to allow the black dog to win, lets stand together, support each other and look out for each other and ourselves.
With the whole world going into global lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic and being told to put away our motorbikes, leave our jobs, keep our physical distance from people and stay at home for at least 4 weeks (New Zealand), it almost feels like the apocalypse.
In the previous article we looked back on our New Zealand North Island adventure of Women Riders World Relay (WRWR), with the largest group of approximately 150 women motorcyclists leaving Hampton Downs. We also saw the girls battle zero degrees on the snow covered desert road.
Two months have passed since I took part in what I can only describe as the most incredible 8 day motorcycle trip of my life with the most inspirational lady riders. Here’s looking back on that epic trip….
After all the planning and organising, the time has finally come for me to take part in the Women Riders World Relay (WRWR). We’re here on the opposite side of the world from where, not only the relay started but also the place I have called home since birth, the UK. That’s a strange but surreal reality right now. The relay symbolising my journey over the last year beautifully, from the highs, the lows and how far just an idea of the relay and just an idea of me moving to New Zealand have come in a year.
Previously on ‘Women Inspiring Women’; we took a look at the journey of the baton thus far and the incredible story of The Aussie Biker Chick, Collette Tindal, who has taken it upon herself to travel the world following the baton on that journey. Therefore earning the title of Women Riders World Relay (WRWR), worldwide ambassador. Then came the truly remarkable attitude of ‘this girl can’ from WRWR Pakistan ambassador, Guliafshan Tariq, who is literally changing the face of the motorcycle industry in her country and showing the positive image of Pakistan.
In my last article I wrote about the iconic baton and how our journeys are soon to meet from our beginnings in the UK. Also the incredible ladies that are shining through and inspiring other ladies across the globe, showing this girl can!
In the next couple of weeks counting down to the New Zealand relay I will be posting weekly articles in my ‘Women Inspiring Women’ series, giving you a little more of an insight into Women Riders World Relay (WRWR).
Aim for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land in the stars
W Clement Stone
I can’t believe it has been 6 months since we arrived in New Zealand; 6 month’s since we said farewell to everyone and everything we know and love, 6 months since taking that leap of faith and going all in, just 6 months to see if we had a chance to make a new life for ourselves on the other side of the world….
It’s been some months since I wrote about the awesome event that is Women Riders World Relay. Since then the relay has well and truly kicked off. It started in Scotland on 27th February and is currently making it’s way around Europe. You can track the relay live here.