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    Similar story here.. the healing though is an ongoing process. These days, whenever I encounter someone who is 'getting into a shell' so to speak, I suggest a hobby. Motorcycling as my hobby helped me rediscover myself. I did pick up photography before motorcycling, but there was nothing to photograph while still 'in the shell'. And that is how I guess some of us turn into Motographers.

    Motorcycling, though has taken a backseat these days, it will be back with a vengance once the healing is complete. Thanks for the writeup.. there is one pending from my side.
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    @Sunil 'G' - I can relate myself with the feeling you had prior to your trip as I went through the same thing when I did Spiti (My first 'longest' trip), suffering from BPO blues, to family issues and my matters related to my love life. Brings back all the memories of my trip.

    Very well explained not to forget the emotions you must have through even while typing it down.
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    Amazing writeup...Brought back my memories as my start to touring was also during some similar situations...Was totally down and out, given up on mostly everything when suddenly there was a last minute small bike trip (and my first trip too) with one of my best friend...There has been no looking back since then...
    Bike always comes to the rescue now..

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    Seeing the responses here, it is clear that we all go through that dark phase in life some time or the other and mostly when we are just growing up and have truck loads of (over)confidence. But, all it takes is a slight push to destroy the pillars on which our fantasy world is built.

    But that push is necessary I guess, to pull us out of the imaginary world and show us the real picture. The earlier we get out, the better it is.

    And after the philosophy lecture (phew!) time to say thanks to all who read it and liked it. Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
    Motorcycling, though has taken a backseat these days, it will be back with a vengance once the healing is complete. Thanks for the writeup.. there is one pending from my side.
    Hope to see motorcyclist within you back on the saddle, soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunilg View Post
    So enter the flashback: Some 2 years before the aforementioned day, I was a small town, happy-go-lucky kind of guy who was happy making money working in a BPO and was steady on a track to change the career and become a VFX/3D (visual effects) artist. I had a small circle of friends. I hardly had any hobbies, except occasional movies on weekends and hanging out with friends. I was happy and content with that when ‘tragedy’ struck. Suddenly my personal, professional, and social life was in turmoil. There were repercussions of problems in one aspect of life onto the other. And before I could realize, I went into deep depression. I had forgotten the last day when I laughed or slept properly. I had brought myself to a point where I was about to be kicked out of a company I gave my blood and sweat to. I was absent from work for many days without informing anybody. I would get up in the morning and get ready to go the office, but would veer off midway and wander on the streets. I had stopped taking my animation classes even after paying a hefty sum for fee. I wouldn’t eat properly for days and had lost a considerable amount of weight. I was afraid to be alone as whenever I was alone, I had the most disturbing thoughts. Every day I would wake up with a single-point agenda to somehow see that day off, as only the fall of night would give me some relief when I would get some sleep; and the same cycle would begin all over again the next day. I had become a classic case of anhedonia. There was a constant feeling of guilt. Life seemed worthless and my self-esteem and confidence had reached down to a level where I couldn’t see my future. Luckily, there were some friends who stood by me through all this and gave me strength to move on.

    Time passed by and I was struggling hard to come out of it as I knew that I wouldn’t survive if I lived like that, but I couldn’t see any way out. It was then that a former colleague of mine showed me some pictures of a bike trip he had recently done from Delhi to Uttaranchal. I was amazed to see those pictures as I didn’t know anyone previously who had done long trips on bikes. I asked him if he could take me as a pillion when he goes for his next ride. He refused, saying that it would be too uncomfortable for both of us. Also he asked me to do the trip on my own bike rather than as a pillion with somebody else. And that was it. I had sort of found a goal in my life. I wanted to go on a long ride on my own bike. Now all that negative energy had converted into a positive one and egged me to somehow do it.

    Now when I meet someone who is going through a similar negative phase in his life, I suggest only one thing that this is not the end. The world is more beautiful than you think. Whenever you have doubts on your own abilities, just kick start your bike, go on a ride, and find out that lost happiness; it is there only, hiding somewhere on the highway. Chase it down!

    And before I sign off, let me tell you that all my team members who were part of my first long ride are still there with me. The friendship has stood the test of time and has gotten even stronger. Thank you guys, I owe this to you!

    Suni Sir ! Almost 80 % of your story is exactly the same as mine. I have been through the same phase in my life some 3-4 years back. Hence, while reading your story I felt as if someone has penned down my story . When I finished reading it, I had a mixed expression on my face. My eyes were a little damp, still I had a smile. I know that you and other guys who have been through such a phase in life will understand what I mean here.
    Now that I have already mentioned that we have an almost identical story here, there is nothing much left to share. However, I must say it was my first trip (through that phase) which took me out of the turmoil. I am happy to be back on the saddle.

    Yes, Motorcycling definitely heals.

    PS :- Even my team members who accompanied me on that trip are still good friends with me. Aah ! See another resemblance to your story. Such a co-incidence ? Wierd and unbelievable I must say. Isn't it !


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    Truly inspiring Sunil ! Wish that the spirit of biking keeps shining within you always.

    Ride On & Ride Safe

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    Amazing writeup sir........makes me feel like i should start touring right away.............
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!' -Hunter S. Thompson

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    Awesome......... buddy, even I believe that motorcycling helps a lot in getting a positive frame of mind........ I ride my bike to relieve my stress as its just sort of a divine experience for me........ whenever I feel sad or stressed or angry with someone or something, I just take my bike and start riding right away, no destinations, just going where ever the road takes, and I can feel my worries and stress leaving behind as if they were just some objects on roadside which I just passed by....... I truly feels like my bike and me starts to become just one person and we together exploring the world, its just amazing, I can't even explain it in writing but I can surely say, its the same feeling that a true believer feels after praying to god.......
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    Inspirational writeup. I always believe that we should atleast do one thing which we really like once a day. It really freshens one up and makes one ready to face the next wave so to speak.

    For me, its my ride to and from office on my R15. I am just amazed at how that one ride back home evaporates all my stresses away, nasty traffic snarls notwithstanding!

    And, even though I am not much of a tourer, a long tour really heals. It becomes a journey of self discovery.

    Once again, Sunil, thanks for sharing your story!
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    Awesome writeup. +1 to the above post similar experience albeit on my RTR.

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