May 23, 2011
Once an adrenaline junkie, always an adrenaline junkie!
The attentive reader of “To Drink the Wild Air” does know that I have sold my last street bike back in 1995 after I blew up the engine of my Kawasaki KLR 650 and shortly before I moved to Mexico City. There was no need for a bike in Mexico City and I had to concentrate on different things down there as it turned out. Mainly to make sure that my stuff didn’t get stolen left and right.
I never rode a bike ever since again until 2010 when I took a test ride on a Kawasaki KLR 650. Already then I jumped on that bike and rode it like I never took a break. That ride was only a short one on the streets in the city and of course the bike’s characteristics can be compared to a tractor rather than to a slick race bike. Nevertheless it was a bike and I rode it.
Yesterday Sunday May 22 2011 was the day when “Birgit the Circuit” awoke again. I was invited by friends to go on a bike ride, riding a sports bike and we had reserved the whole day.
My fascination for bikes never had disappeared and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would forget how to ride a bike. Yesterday morning I sat on this Ducati 888, turned on the engine, threw in first gear and rode. The moment we hit US 1 it was like always. The same feeling, the same control, the instinct, the know-how and the knowledge of how a bike of this caliber will behave and how much power there is to control. We went fairly fast into the first batch of windy roads in the back country. A slight adjustment to the bike was necessary. When the roads got twisty and fast I rode fluid but not flawless. Mis-shifting , losing power coming out of the turns, breaking too late or too early going into the turns ( both can lead into scary situations), and the simple adjustment to the bike. The feeling of riding was the same like a long time ago on the race track. The necessary focus, the excitement and the fun. It was great !
On our way home we switched bikes and I rode the Aprilia RSV 100 to the end of our ride. What power house that engine is. The fusion of improved materials, perfect geometry, an incredible power band and acceleration showed me the improvements of 16 years I literally was missing in action in terms of street bike riding and my even longer absence off the race track.
Who says it cannot be done???? Not that I want to get back to the racing scene but I think it would be nice to take some laps on a racetrack again to realize that time is a relative thing. Some people might have lost their instinct for riding a bike over time but in my case it just went into hibernation and now it is back again!!!!! What I will do with it will be the question. It will be important to find a healthy balance and combination. To be able to fuse the more settled side of me with the wild side but still live a responsible and “normal” life.
May 1, 2011
Below is what I have discovered on this warm sunny Sunday morning on May 01 in the SF Examiner.
As I said before – the word is out – everybody is invited – many people already have signed up – this is the echo!
See you all next Saturday!
Here is the link : \”To Drink the Wild Air\” in the Examiner
Dapper Dan circles around baby peregrine falcons
Keeping watch: A male peregrine falcon dubbed Dapper Dan circles the 33rd floor of the PG&E building in San Francisco as UC Santa Cruz scientists put leg bands on three baby peregrines. (Ben Margot/AP)
Image of the week
Keeping watch: A male peregrine falcon dubbed Dapper Dan circles the 33rd floor of the PG&E building in San Francisco as UC Santa Cruz scientists put leg bands on three baby peregrines.
Something to read
To Drink the Wild Air
By Birgit Soyka ($16.95)
The San Francisco author’s memoir covers her journey from motorcycle racing in her youth to corporate burnout and her quest to reclaim her adventurous spirit. A book-launch party is 4 p.m. Saturday at Rezerv.it, 524 Union St., San Francisco.
Lend a hand
Golden Gate National Parks volunteer program: Volunteers are needed to help enhance native-plant habitats and create wildlife corridors in the Presidio. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Presidio Transit Center, 215 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.; details at http://www.parksconservancy.org]
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/good-day/2011/05/dapper-dan-circles-around-his-peregrine-falcon-babies#ixzz1L7ROE217
March 13, 2011
This week I want to share the newest scheduled radio show and another media write up, this time received from the German motorcycle magazine “mo.”
Unlimited Realities is the name of the Blog talk radio show, where the host Lisa Zimmer will speak with me on March 24 at 9.30 AM PST about “To Drink the Wild Air”. I am looking forward to another inspiring conversation about intuition. Please check out below link with the announcement.
Unlimited Realities blog Talk Radio:
Provocative, informative, and empowering radio. Featuring authors and those improving the world one step at a time.
Intuitive Consultant – Life Coach – Radio Host:
Lisa Zimmer (Mahoney) is internationally known as an accurate and confidential Clairvoyant and Life Coach. Lisa has been known for her insight and compassion in her work for over 25 years. Sought by law enforcement for crime solving, her reputation let to an International clientele.
Lisa Zimmer is a published writer and columnist who developed a Body, Mind, Spirit television show where she worked with and was endorsed by Dr. Bernie Spiegel, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Larry Dossey and other pioneers in the field. Her published guided Imagery Visualizations have aided clients overcoming challenges in their lives and guiding them to a more fulfilling future in accomplishing their goals.
That’s not all.
I have to extend a big THANK YOU to my old friends in Germany at the motorcycle magazine “mo ” .I have received the March 2011 issue with a quarter page dedicated to “ To Drink the Wild Air”. This little article transported me back to the times when I was still part of the staff at the magazine and work was fun. It will be archived in the Review tab for future reference.
February 25, 2011
I am honored to have been invited by Kathleen M. Schmidt to talk on her radio show “Project Empowerment”. I think that my continuous journey can contribute to the concept of personal empowerment in looking at our daily lives and existence with more critical eyes. The most important questions for me right now are: what exactly are we willing to accept in our daily lives? What do we have to accept? and What do we voluntarily accept due to our own weaknesses and lack of perseverance? No matter in what areas of life, work, friendships, relationships or any business ventures, these questions always will prevail and will shed light on the deepest inquiry of all: do we really follow our inner truth, dreams and desires?
“I had dreams and visions driving me forward with an incredible and irresistible force. There was never any doubt in my mind about anything I dreamed of. At eighteen, I felt I had only shifted into second gear but that my acceleration was beyond anyone’s power to stop. Settling for anything less would have meant losing my belief in myself. This couldn’t be all there was to life!” (From “To Drink the Wild Air” Chapter 2 Freedom, Birds and Motorcycles)
Click on this link and listen to:
Birgit Soyka talks to Kathleen M. Schmidt
March 2, 2011 Birgit Soyka, author of “To Drink The Wild Air, One Woman’s Quest to Touch the Horizon” www.todrinkthewildair.com
9 AM (Pacific Standard Time)
Project Empowerment is a live show 100% focused on empowering lives everywhere. Although the main topics are focused on survivors of Domestic Violence, the underlying message is empowerment for all.
It is not your typical scripted show, but more like a discussion with friends over coffee. The subjects are heavy, but the message is to turn something dark into light. Project Empowerment is all about making a personal connection with the audience. Use the shows as an audio resource, as each contains powerful information to enlighten and educate people not only on domestic violence, but different ways to empower your life.
January 29, 2011
Mingled into a regular work week I had some exciting news. I was invited to the taping of my first Internet Radio Show on http://www.healthylife.net/main.html talking to the host Faith Ranoli in her show Heart and Home.
Heart & Home
Thursdays, 1pm PT
Heal your home – transform your life! Blending science with the sacred to create environments of harmony and power designed to support your growth & change. Faith is a Holistic Home Inspector, Author, Lecturer, Healer and Earth Acupuncturist.
I am looking forward to express my thoughts and reflections of many parts in “To Drink the Wild Air” where the big colorful metaphorical wings feed the ever burning question: Am I really living my inner truth? Inner truth is about faith and hope and the ability to trust innate intuition. Unfortunately, our conditioned lifestyles often don’t give us the mindset anymore to listen into the deepest realm of our souls.
Join in to listen to the show on February 10 at 1 PM (PST)
|| Ask Ranoli – Healthy Home Building
|| Trisha Morris – Green Home & Feng Shui
|| Birgit Soyka – Are You Living Your Inner Truth?
|| Erin Zimmer – How Books Are Made
||John Boyle – Remodeling Tips & Tricks
||Richard Alther – Presenting A Spark Of Hope
||Visioning & Intention: 4 A New Year
||Your Questions My Thoughts
||David Lararoff – Holistic Community Living
||Dowsing For Home and Health
||Chetan Parkyn – The Human Design System
||Sheldon Norberg – Healing Houses
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January 22, 2011
Brain freeze! No, I didn’t drink a Slurpee or ate ice cream but I did go back to work! It probably would have been easier if someone could have slammed me over my head with a 2×4.
My times when thinking was a priority are over.Now, thinking is luxury. Only to be done on weekends. Philosophizing and practicing spirituality to become a better person was pushed onto the backburner again by the duties of survival.
There is no time to think out there in the business jungle of profits and egos. A relentless stream of E-mails floating in 24/7 a hardly justifiable quantity, every single one attached to more deadlines, more pressures and harsh words filled with frustration and anger. Mostly there is a lost thank you to be found somewhere in the last lines. Are those real and heartfelt Thank you’s? A true THANK YOU or is it just a thank you in disguise? A thank you ranked as a mere business courtesy? How many people wouldn’t use these two words anymore if they wouldn’t be part of the required business etiquette?
My first weeks back in a job gave me more to think than I was allowed to do because there was no time to think and now I am thinking that deep thought is much more important than money.
Exchanging time for money is one thing but exchanging my spiritual mindset for money is another. Praise to everyone who has a good job and is happy with it and where true Thank you’s are exchanged instead of fake ones.
Now I am sitting here and think about the first radio show I am invited to and how I can talk about Faith and Hope while there is no time to think. There is no time to think but there is still faith and hope. I will think about this topic today and tomorrow the time slot allocated to do my personal thinking. Weekend thinking in oppose to business hour thinking. Interesting concept.
The other day someone told me when asked a question that “He didn’t have the time to think about it yet” which is somewhat thought provoking in itself. Thinking requires time, yet we don’t take out the necessary time we need to think.
Think about it.