Press release – To Drink the Wild Air at Moto Shop

February 12, 2012

One of the First Female Motorcycle Racers Reads from Her Memoir April 14 in South San Francisco at Moto Shop

Motorcycles, Race DVD’s, Book Reading, Book signing, music, party 

On April 14, 2012, the author of the memoir To Drink the Wild Air:  One Woman’s Quest to Touch the Horizon and one of the first female motorcycle racers in her time, Birgit Soyka, will read from her book at Moto Shop in South San Francisco. From Female Road Warrior to Spreadsheet Jockey, To Drink the Wild Air chronicles one woman’s journey of adventure, freedom, and motorcycle racing to becoming a survivor of a subsequent corporate career burn out. The program is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a social hour starting at 5pm. Moto Shop address: 325 South Maple Avenue #20 in South San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA, United States, February 13, 2012 – (PressReleasePoint) On April 14, 2012, the author of the memoir To Drink the Wild Air:  One Woman’s Quest to Touch the Horizon and one of the first female motorcycle racers in her time, Birgit Soyka, will read from her book at Moto Shop in South San Francisco.  From Female Road Warrior to Spreadsheet Jockey, To Drink the Wild Air chronicles one woman’s journey of adventure, freedom, and motorcycle racing to becoming a survivor of a subsequent corporate career burn out.

Few people live life on the edge the way Birgit has. She seizes life with both hands and eagerly anticipates the next big adventure. From sleeping on the hood of her car watching the stars twinkle across the desert night sky in Arizona to the shocking experience of being kidnapped and robbed in Mexico City, Birgit’s adventures gives readers a glimpse of her life racing along the twisting roads of untamed dreams. Audacious and honest with a healthy dose of humor, Birgit’s story is a reminder to live life to the fullest, to persevere no matter what the obstacles, and to always remain true to yourself.

Inspirational and entertaining, Birgit’s memoir recounts the journey from her wild motorcycle days in her homeland of Germany to the narrowing noose of career burnout in the United States, which left her with the question: Is this all life has to offer? It was also a wakeup call to reclaim the fearless spirit of her youth and to combine it with her sophisticated adult wisdom.

Birgit was the only female breaking into the male dominated sport of motorcycle racing in southern California, showing courage and determination to win a championship against all odds and encountering injuries, destitution, homelessness, and the threat of deportation along the way.

In 2011, 26 years later, Birgit rekindled her love affair with motorcycles when she bought a Honda CBR 600 and now feels the thrill, fascination and passion at a different age. She will compare the ‘then’ and ‘now’ of a female road racer’s psyche. The Moto Shop program is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a social hour starting at 5p. m. at 325 South Maple Avenue #20 in South San Francisco, CA 94080.

http://BayAreaMotoShop.com.

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Have you ever had a burn out syndrome?

October 1, 2010

It seems that my dedicated blog post day of Thursday silently faded into Friday….  it might go back to Thursday again,who knows.

Time itself is moving faster and faster but everything else moves a lot slower than I had anticipated originally and another delay is in sight for the book. September has passed and I just ripped off another page of my old fashioned wall calendar and now I am looking at the one representing October of 2010. The year just had started!! Yikes!    

Last week I was talking about compassion and the attempt to live every day like it would be my last. This is a stressful thing to do I realize, but it also can be rewarding.

And so it happened that I met a person the other day who is suffering from burn out syndrome the same way I did in 2007. Granted every person has a different experience but when I sat there looking for the right words to describe how I felt when I was in the darkness of a depression and  a mental break down, I also realized that now I know why I had to go through this experience. I guess there is no other reason then being able to help others. I never looked at it this way and ever since it all happened I asked myself “Why me?” and now three years later I got the answer.  I can relate! This is the secret to all compassion.

I was looking for the parts in the book where I tried to describe the feelings of being freaking lost in the world not knowing what will happen in the next minute, hour, week, or month just drifting along in utter confusion and awe observing what was happening to my body, mind and spirit.  

An excerpt from Chapter 24   “The crash” from “To Drink the Wild Air” about the observations when the brain stops working:    

My entire body started trembling, and moments later my hand was shaking so badly, I could no longer click the mouse button. I made myself a mere bystander to my own project presentation and lost interest in even attempting to appear competent, but was still able to manage the situation under immense constraints. An inner fog surrounded me and all the voices I heard seemed muffled; when I looked at my colleagues seated around the room, I only saw grimacing, scary clown faces. This was the very moment I lost the ability to purposefully control my body with my mind, and instead my body merely manifested whatever my burned-out brain was dictating. The meeting ended, but the trembling of my body continued. I had become trapped in all this turmoil and saw everything racing around me at dizzying speeds, in screaming colors and with a loud grinding noise.