This was my first complete riding season in over a few years. And the last season I took part it got cut short due to an accident on hwy 7. Things changed between that season, and this season. And something's stayed the same. But the major difference is, I got through this season in one piece. I learned a few things along the way too. 1. I let my ego get the best of me, and instead of getting a ninja 250 or cbr 250, and learned to ride properly, I got back on a 600 and thought I could handle it. I was wrong. I haven't wrecked, but I don't ride comfortable to the limits of the bike, because I didn't get a good base set of skills before trying to keep up with the big bikes. That was my egos fault. 2. I learned that a group ride is great therapy, when you ride with people you know, and are comfortable with. I had a group for a few weeks were we would get together and have a weekend ride. Those were good rides. 3. I learned that there are amamzing resources on this forum that cover just about every bike related issue you could imagine. With people like Dragracer1951, ZXWUT, GixxerTex, ApexHack, and Andre1000, there shouldn't ever be a problem you can't have explained to you. And if you don't understand their answers, they explain it more. 4. I learned to admit when I was in over my head and got comfortable enough to ask for help so that I could do things correctly, and be around for more riding seasons. 5. I learned that there is a smart way to ride fast, inside your skill set. And doing that means that you block out what the others are doing, and just concentrate on doing what you are comfortable doing. A friend of mine taught me that. 6. I learned that there is no better way to escape/deal life that to go for a ride. Short or long, and just get away for a while. And let the pureness of riding comfort you until you can get your perspective back. 7. The last thing I learned was this; In general, we're a brotherhood. We share a common bond. Men or Women, we ride. And as riders, we take care of our own, and I have found a strong sense of community on this forum. Because of the things I've learned this riding season, I am confident that I'll be around to enjoy another riding season. With old friends, and meet new. I have found a way of life for me, through riding, that makes things clear thing up for me when I need to find clarity. It's just about enjoying the ride, not riding to a destination, but enjoying the ride itself. I want to enjoy many more rides.