Yessssssssssssssssssssss this is me.
I know everybody is looking for a way to turn back time- I am having the greatest time of my life right now.
Since I turned 50 9 months ago, my life has changed completely.
I have made tremendously important decisions that allowed me, for the first time in my life, to fully understand the concept of freedom.
The first step was getting “a room of my own”.
The second step- was spending my 50th birthday and 10 more days- in a vipassana course. read here why and how.
The tools I got there changed my perspective on so many things.
let’s just say I smile much more now. and I ain’t taking anything. not even a beer or a shot of something stronger. nada. read here why: How I improved my blood works results
The third present I gave myself was a wonderful and meaningful voluntouring trip to Antigua Guatemala. read here: Volunteering with Ninos De Guatemala -the whole truth.
Then the major step: early retirement.
Read here how and why: Early retirement Jitters-dealing with my ego.
Now came the time to achieve a goal I didn’t achieve when I was 20.
Get a motorcycle license.
Well, not a big motorcycle, a Honda PCX 125 scooter as you can see in the picture above, but still- a dream is a dream, and after more than 30 years of driving cars, I am moving to a 2 wheel drive.
-(I don’t get anything from Honda for writing this, sadly)
Why a scooter?
#1: The frugal point!
My PCX125 cost 10% of my previous cars+the gas take -at least as reported by Honda -yet to be checked) is 1 liter-47 km (!!!) .compared to my previous vehicles- that’s 5 times more on the liter. that is a lot.
#2: The environmental point of view:
minimum air pollution here.
#3: since retiring early, my trips are basically local– the pool, errands (try to combine them and go online whenever I can ), and my first aid course. all local. no need for a big car since I buy my groceries online – read here why and how: My online grocery shopping: saving money+big time!(and my quick bean stew recipe for no fresh produce situations)
#4: I wanted to get a 2 wheel license since I was 20, I started driving lessons too- but dropped out when my previous partner told me it was unaccepted that the teacher insisted on sitting behind me on the small motorcycle the whole lesson…
Well, that’s life for you.
No one sat behind me now I can tell you.
I am still a bit anxious about driving, it takes time and practice to relax and really enjoy it- but I am certain I will get there.
Please don’t forget- frugal beast or not–
When buying a motorcycle- don’t forget to budget for a good helmet ahead.
*Again,I am getting nothing here- no affiliated nothing -this is simply what I bought after searching the web and considering value for money as always.
I started my search by checking how many stars this helmet has on the “sharp” scale.
This is a British safety scale that tests all helmets in relevant parameters- and rates in up to 5 stars.
At first, I considered buying a Shoei helmet- or an Arai helmet- both very recommended helmets, but then I considered cost as well and started checking online for something a bit cheaper on cost- but not in safety. this is what I bought-Shark spartan carbon. has 4 stars on the sharp scale, is very light, fits my head great ( another tip I learned is that a helmet should feel tight, very tight at first- it expands later and you do not want a loose helmet on your pretty head when in trouble…), it has good ventilation, a drop-down sunscreen ( important where I live- 910 months of summer) , double D straps for safety (must have as I learned), a good price- and I can wear it and go tell my youngest in a deep voice:”I am your father” which still ( after 10 times already) makes me laugh since obviously, I am his mother – just in case you are not following the plot here.
*As usual- use your brains, this is no recommendation for getting a license or buying a motorcycle/ these things are dangerous so do only what is good for you.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.