"Try to be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a monster you cannot see.""When you push your envelope, no matter if you are a beginner or expert, you can do it in three ways. Push the limits of your equipment, the limits of your skill, or the limits of your fear. Do one at a time and you're safe. Do two at a time and you have a good chance of serious injury or death. Push all three and you won't survive the day."
Saw this quote and thought about a thread collecting maxims, sayings, thoughts to live and ride by? Worth all the experience here I'll bet we can come up with some good ones?!
There are several versions, attributed to several people, but you get the idea.
In a past life there was a guy who could go from zero to full jerk / judgmental asshole in 2 seconds. A guy who tried to be decent, but that asshole kept coming out. As he got older, he got a taste of the issues that he once thought only happened to other people. Loved ones falling ill and dying, money issues, lost loves, lost friends, lost jobs, accidents, mishaps, and misunderstandings. Age helps to mellow wine, whiskey, and apparently judgmental assholes, and seeing this quote finally pushed this guy over the hump. He applied it to life in general, and found that it really helps when on two wheels as well. He's not perfect, but he catches that asshole and puts him in his place most of the time now.