Be Inspired to Ride a Bike

May 26, 2006  

Here’s an email I received the other day:

I loved your book! It inspired me to (finally) get on the back of a Harley. Towards the end you mentioned going back to what you loved to do as a kid and I remembered that I LOVED riding motorcycles. Never owned one, but anytime someone would let me ride theirs, I was all over it!

My husband has wanted a Harley for quite some time. Every time he talked about it I cringed and made some snide remark that “he’d kill himself on it.” Funny how as a responsible, goalaholic adult, I’d made a conscious decision about how dangerous motorcycles are.

On a Sunday afternoon in March, as I was finishing up your book, my husband borrowed a friend’s Harley and went for a ride to visit my mom and step-dad. He came home about 6 PM and said “you ought to change your clothes and go with me to take Greg’s bike back.” I thought about it for a minute and said, “OK!” He was so stunned by my response that I thought I was going to have to pry his jaw off the floor!

At that moment, after reading your book, I made the choice to do something that was fun and by golly, I got on my red leather jacket, black spike heeled knee-boots and got on the back of that bike! It was simply exhilarating! So now, we’re saving to buy a Harley! Thank you Stephen for inspiring me to have fun and get out of a rut! Goal-Free Living has a life-time place on my bookshelf and I recommend it every chance I get.

Janet Anderton

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