Saturday, June 08, 2013

Book Review: Blind Curves By Linda Crill

·  266 pages
·  Publisher: Opus International (January 22, 2013)

I’ve been reading about strong women lately. Linda Crill is definitely one of those, but maybe she had to be reminded. “Blind Curves” is a wonderful book detailing how Crill learned to ride a Harley and ride 2,500 miles from Victoria, B.C. to Mendocino, California as a novice. Blind Curves is a metaphor to the fear that bubbles up inside every one of us when we approach a blind curve in our life and what it feels like to reach the other side. Blind curves for Crill didn’t just happen on a Harley. She faced them prior to turning 57, when her husband got cancer and died.

Crill writes, “One of the problems for many people my age is how to keep the passion in their lives. After decades of following the pack, raising children, volunteering, doing community service, and pouring hearts and minds into jobs, satisfying clients, colleagues and bosses, we suddenly find ourselves needing new mountains to climb with fresh challenges and surprising vistas. Many of our old behaviors, which served us so well, no longer make sense.”

Yes, some of her friends questioned her decision to ride along with a negative voice from inside of her, but she triumphed. She tells us that the joy we feel when we round the blind curve “radiates inside our bodies” and we experience “…an inner feeling of connectedness.”

I loved the book, which was provided to me free. There’s an added bonus. If you’ve ever thought about riding a motorcycle, Crill writes very well about her lessons and experience

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