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Published on April 11, 2022 under Blog

OK people here it comes. A quarter of the year is already gone. Time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions you made and whether you are sticking to them or not. I hope that many of you found success in accomplishing them; am I being optimistic? To those who are still on track and plugging away at those resolutions, good for you and keep up the good work.

I know in some of my past writings I have rambled on about the way things used to be compared to the way they are now as well as my observations of what our society is de-evolving into. It truly does break my heart to see what we, as a society, are permitting to happen in this country, as well as our entire global existence.

For those that allow themselves to be complacent out of fear for what they may lose, be prepared to lose more than you would have ever imagined.

Just in this generation alone, people have forgotten what honor, respect, good old-fashioned hard physical labor, pride, honesty and caring for others is all about. I’m not saying everyone, but a good majority. It’s become a time when lying, dishonesty, double standards, and being an overall POS is acceptable. When a person who professes peace and love can physically assault another human being on national television, with no repercussions, it is sad. What kind of example does this set for our youth?

When people pretend to be what they are through lies and deceptive practices it makes our culture no better than those that steal and lie for a living. In reality, it’s no different. If you need to pretend to be what you are to get people’s acceptance, then maybe you should re-evaluate your life. Eventually, the truth, and the real you, comes out.

I know that a lot of you don’t agree with what I am saying. I, for one, am far from perfect but I try to represent myself accordingly. I’ll be the first to admit I can be a difficult person to deal with and can be as cold as ice to others, at times. But I do have my good qualities as well. I’m working harder on those.

So again, as always, how does this relate to the motorcycle lifestyle? Bikers have always been those that bucked the norm. They dressed how they wanted, did what they wanted, and spoke what was on their mind. It was a genuine way of life. You still had your back stabbers here and there, but they were normally found out pretty quick. And when that happened, everyone knew it. It wasn’t just a weekend thing. Too many people nowadays feel they have to put on a costume or a façade to be accepted by others in order to make it through their life. I’m here to say you are who you are. You can make it being a genuine individual without having to make believe you’re someone else. It may end up being more work and take you a little bit longer to get where you want to go, but at least you’re being a real person and representing accordingly.

Not everybody’s going to love you. Not everybody’s going to except you. But that’s OK. More than likely those in that position really weren’t what you were going to hang around with or be having in your life anyway. If you want to be an asshole, be an asshole. At least you’re being genuine. To smile at somebody and then stab them in the back just makes you a fraud and a cheap POS. And like I said, everyone in the end will know it.

I guess my point is just be real. Be genuine and represent yourself as who you really are. Believe it or not even when you’re an ass there are those that will except you for who you are and probably admire you and respect you for being upfront about it. Bring back the real American Biker. The one who lived by his own rules and lived by a code of respect and honor. Don’t be the poser that they used to say in the 80s.

Best of luck to you all and ride safe. Most of all, enjoy your ride.

–Nefarious James

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