One Down Four Up is not a work of fiction. The book literally fell out of my autobiography. I never intended to sit down and write a book about motorcycles. However, it was clear once I had started to pull the stories out of my autobiography that my passion for motorcycles had been at the centre of several major life events. Motorcycles had changed my career trajectory, had given me a permanent disability and had taught me some of the hardest life lessons I have ever learnt. But still I ride. Recently, a few readers have given me personal feedback on the book on an aspect I had never even thought about; self-actualization. In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, when a person reaches 'self-actualization' they are living creatively and using their potential - often through a passion or desire. These readers looked introspectively at their own lives to identify their own passions and desires to see if they had reached the degree of self-actualization they believe I have achieved in the book. I never once thought about motorcycling in that way before; ever. But now it makes perfect sense to me. Everything comes together when I am riding my motorcycle. It is my passion, and the way in which I feel that I can reach my true potential and therefore reach self-actualization.
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