The MotoFemina project culminated this past Saturday with an excellent award ceremony at the Sipapu BMW rally in north central New Mexico. Our spirits were as high as the blue cloudless sky as Laura, Synth and I mentally prepared ourselves for whatever the future would hold. As we arrived at the rally, met up with some familiar faces and began handing out flyers, I wasn’t nervous at all. I knew I would be fine with whatever happened.The Ceremony
We stood before the growing crowd and awaited the start of the award ceremony. I could feel the heat of the late day sun as I shifted from left foot to right, back and forth. We made quite a few jokes in those last few minutes, that being the best way to ward off the nervousness I’m sure we were each beginning to feel. My mind was everywhere but on the motorcycle – wow, the sky is beautiful today…did I drink enough water?…I think I’ll faint if I lock my knees…look at all the people here
Those thoughts drifted away as we were welcomed to the rally and Torsten (from Santa Fe BMW) introduced the project. When a representative from the panel (they met the previous evening to determine the winner) began speaking, my nerves kicked up a few notches and I had to take some deep breaths. A sealed envelope bearing the winner’s name was passed to Torsten, and I distinctly remember the sound of it being ripped open. A pause, and then…was that my name? Oh my gosh, it was!!! It’s hard to remember what I did, what I said and how many people I hugged. I do recall being urged by Laura to “go sit on your bike!”
Tears brimmed for a moment, but were quickly replaced with an overwhelming joy. The moment we had all been waiting for and working towards was here. I feel so lucky, so very fortunate to have had this opportunity.Reflection
To say the least, the last few months have been liberating, enlightening and full of wide-eyed wonder. I became immersed in MotoFemina and found it a surprisingly easy place in which to lose myself. Thoughts of riding motorcycles have slowly but surely crept into my daydreams, my writing and perhaps most importantly, my future.
Just when I was sure of who I was and where I was going, I came around a bend and discovered yet another one of life’s challenges. As a part of MotoFemina, I learned so much more than how to ride a motorcycle. The MotoFemina experience has gently coerced from me some of my last layers of shyness and hesitation, strengthening my once-tender core. I can now look back and see the pre-MotoFemina Jess, the one whose external image may not have been as deep as her internal self. Not to be overlooked is the comfort and familiarity I found as a result of living this adventure with other women, women with skills!
Thanks to all who have been a part of the MotoFemina project. Each and every person I’ve met has truly enhanced the quality of my life. To be surrounded by such generous, talented individuals has been a privilege that I will not soon forget. I hope to stay in touch with you all.