I was watching a video the other day on the subject of motorcycle clubs and the Motorcycle Brotherhood. It got me to thinking about sisterhood and the women’s motorcycle community as a whole. What is sisterhood anyway? I guess that can be either really simple or really complex depending on how you look at it. I do think that the word “sisterhood” gets thrown around too easily. Not every woman I meet is my “sister”. Also, being a woman and riding a motorcycle doesn’t make you my sister. It makes us two women who ride. But first, let’s talk about the community.
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The Women’s Motorcycle Community
The women’s motorcycle community has done wonders for women riders all around the world. Joining this great group of women has been life-changing for me and other women. It’s a great place to start to form life-long friendships and it gives a sense of being a part of something “bigger” than myself. My hope is that being a part of such an awesome group of ladies I can make a positive impact on those I meet, and I will inspire other women to ride and become a part of this great movement. But like any community, there are sub-cultures and different demographics in each group. It’s not always easy.
It seems that whenever you get a bunch of women together, the “Mean Girl” syndrome happens. There always seem to be those who are territorial and competitive. They have the mindset that the “newbie” needs to pay her dues. Now mind you, not all are like this. Most women riders I have met have been encouraging and helpful. But the ones that are, tend to ruin it for the rest of us who just want to meet other ladies and ride. With that being said, I do encourage you to get out and go to meet-ups, go on rides and hang out with other lady riders. You’ll meet some awesome ladies and hopefully find that group of true “sisters” you are looking for.
But Choose Wisely
Growing up, and honestly, until the past few years, I was very naive and overly trusting of women. I have always been the type of person to instantly trust people and then when that trust was broken, I would be devastated. So, I put walls up and I wouldn’t give out my trust quite so freely. But I found that wasn’t quite the answer either. Don’t get me wrong, I love people. I am very outgoing and love to hang out with new people. I have just learned that not everyone is going to be my “bestie”, and not everyone will be will be a true “sister”. However, I also have learned that if I am willing to open myself up a little at a time, that other people will too.
What Makes A Sisterhood?
I have a lot of women friends. Some ride motorcycles. That doesn’t make them my sisters. They are just simply friends. Some of them are really good friends. I am close to many women riders. I value these friendships and hold them close to my heart. So what makes a Sisterhood? For me, it’s those women who started out as friends and became a chosen family. There’s a magical bond that happens that is born out of trust and love. It’s a beautiful feeling to be able to let those walls down and be vulnerable in front of someone. Basically, they “get me”. They have been with me through thick and thin and would walk through the fire with me and I with them.
Finding Your Sisterhood
I think the easiest way to find your Sisterhood is to just get out and meet people. Go to meet-ups and attend community activities. Reach out and get to know people. Be active in your local motorcycle community. We Lady Riders need to stick together and encourage one another. Be willing to be the friend you want to have. Great friendships will rise from being a part of this great community. Just remember, that not all of these friends will be your Sisterhood. And that’s ok.
So what are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment below and let’s get the conversation going.
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