In everything we do, there are usually lessons we can learn if we look closely. So what lessons can we pick from Okada riders and people who ride them constantly? We have handpicked the best ten lessons for you to pick and apply the lessons to your life if they apply.
1 – Balance – One of the most daunting tasks for the Okada rider is the ability to balance the bike while riding. As someone who has learned the process of riding motorcycles, it’s hard when you cannot do it and it becomes too easy once you get the hang of it.
Moral – In life, as in everything, a balance of sorts is always essential. It’s essential to maintain a balance between the body, mind and the spirit to ensure a total well-being.
2 – Vision – Our hands steer the motorcycle the path we want it to follow. But the eyes give us direction by looking at the direction we intend following. As riders, we want to keep looking at the direction ahead while the hands move us there.
Moral – Anyone without goals or a plan for life would be drifting about in the wind like a rudder. A plan or goals helps you know what the goalpost is and we can make moves to get there.
3 – Interdependence – Like most vehicles not yet controlled by AI, an Okada relies on a rider or operator to move. Without a rider, the motorcycle is stuck in one spot.
Moral – Humans have evolved different names for the concept of God. Even atheists think of a concept they would refer to as a higher power or “The Universe”. In essence, the religious ones ascribe their being to a higher creature whose guidance enables them move.
4 – Communication – Every part of a motorcycle has a distinct function to itself and for others watching. The headlights, the turn signals, brake lights, horn etc. They help send signals that could alert the rider or the oncoming person.
Moral – When we share information or communicate with others, we use verbal and non-verbal means to share. Most times, it’s usually not what we say but the context of how we say it that really has an impression on the person receiving the message. We should be sure we share exactly what we mean and mean exactly what we share or say.
5 – Grounding – As a rider, it’s essential to always have both tires firmly on the ground. Even when things cause the rider to skid or slide, so long as the tires are on the ground, it can still be controlled.
Moral – The allure of adventures, challenges, trials and strange situations will abound in life. However, one who is grounded would know to maintain perspective and focus to help guide the person to safety.
6 – Control – We are either moving or we stop. We could apply brakes, speed up, change gears to increase or decrease speed and all. At the end of it all, we are applying control to the Okada. How we control the motorcycle determines the output we get from it.
Moral – Everything we posses as humans have an impact in our overall growth and movement. From our thoughts, behavior, confidence, self-awareness, feelings, effectiveness and empathy are all aspects of our nature that we should control to ensure a great output.
7 – Nutrition – For a rider to ride long, hard and far, the nutritional intake must be able to support it. So, the quality of what you eat is essential. More so, the nutrition of the Okada is paramount – fuel, oil, water, all affects performance and how long the engine lasts.
Moral – Life is basically an input – output style. What you put in is what you get. Sometimes in disproportionate portions but the returns are usually there.