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Let Your Passion Empower You

Updated on August 20, 2017
Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment
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I learned how to ride a motorcycle almost 2 years go. Someone dear to me is an avid rider, so I felt compelled to learn how to ride a motorcycle in light of his passion. Before I learned, I rode as pillion which by definition is a rider seated behind the driver of a motorcycle. I enjoyed new adventures riding as a passenger and viewed traveling in a whole new way. A way I couldn’t have ever imagined in an automobile. I knew after my first ride that riding would always be a part of my life.

Also through his teaching, I learned the mechanics of a motorcycle by actually working on them. I then took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course (MSF) with Rider Education of New Jersey (RENJ) and did indeed obtain a motorcycle license at the age of 52. I now understood the passion for riding and became interested in ideas and stories about others that rode too, especially women.


Although still a beginner I understand the love and passion for the sport, for I have passions of my own off my motorcycle. I began to research information and follow groups and magazines on line. I wanted to learn and understand more about the sport. Through my search, I found many websites that were helpful and one of them had led me to this book, “Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment” written by Liz Jansen. This book is a collection of short stories, subtitled “50 Inspiriting Stories of Adventure and Self-Discovery”. I knew I just had to read this book about other women that shared their passion for riding. Each of these women had experiences that you felt a part of and Liz put these stories together perfectly.


I was so taken by these stories that I didn't want the book to end. After finishing the book, I felt obligated to write my thoughts about the book, the women and the passion that they all, well, we all share. I felt each of these women shared their story wholeheartedly of their experiences and how their passion for riding gifted them. These women experienced reward, self confidence and they also discovered so much about themselves through their love of motorcycle riding. And with others like them, it didn’t matter how or what type of motorcycle they had, they all shared the passion that became a part of their mind and body. Each story showed how their passion helped lead them moment by moment throughout their lives.

But this book was not just was about women riders, it was also about the exuberance that their passion gave them. You could feel the excitement as they told about having something that they loved to do and worked at every day. This book is for anyone that has a passion for something they love. I could have placed a passion of writing or singing or even a passion for reading or sewing, that empowers the person who is passionate for it. The kind of passion that becomes a part of oneself, which is mind changing and takes you away from work or illness or just a busy day. Our passions are a gift which we must take of time for and reward yourself.

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As I read this book I could feel the excitement these women felt coming off the pages. This book showed determination, influence, and accomplishment by many different women and in many different ways. These women felt exhilarated, and reborn each time they embarked on their passion. I would recommend this book for anyone that has a passion that inspires them to be the best they can be. Although I don’t ride often, I do love to ride my bike. It is slowly becoming a great passion for me and I have become more empowered after reading and learning about these 50 women and their passion for riding. Through these passions it defines who we are and keeps our lives fulfilled. I felt the empowerment and try to keep that drive going each and every day.

© 2015 Catherine Spinola


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      Catherine Spinola 5 months ago from New Jersey, USA

      I really enjoyed the book. I felt really connected to the women that I was reading about. I have passions for writing, reading and crafts and just a few years ago learned how to ride a motorcycle too. Thanks for responding Louise..!!

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      Louise Powles 5 months ago from Norfolk, England

      Sounds like an interesting book. I've been on the back of a motorbike before, but never driven one myself. I imagine it's quite exciting.

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      Catherine Spinola 2 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Thanks for the response kbdressman.. That is awesome that you have a passion through martial arts.. I think everyone should have a passion for something they love to do.!

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      Catherine Spinola 2 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Thanks for your comment thumbi7 and for following..!! It always helps to see how others empower.. Great book.!

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      Women empowerment itself is a great topic and is the need of the hour in India.

      I will try to get this book

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      kbdressman 2 years ago from Harlem, New York

      Sounds like a great book! I'll have to check it out! I understand the passion and exuberance you are talking about. I find it through martial arts. It's a truly fulfilling experience. Thanks for sharing!