“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.

I have found some of the most genuine people through motorcycling. They were not part of some rowdy gang or the kind who would keep cult motorbikes in well-polished rooms. They always offered food, fuel and friendships to perfect strangers who got stuck in rough terrain. They taught me not to brake hard on corners and how to act if things went horribly wrong. No one ever cared if a CEO with a superbike was riding next to someone who bought a motorcycle because he could not afford a car.

Everything I learnt on those pre-dawn rides has been a part of our collective wisdom for millennia. However, today in every part of the world, the fear of strangers in distress is threatening the ties which bind us all. The content of my character is increasingly being determined by the insignia on my passport or by the gods I pray to.

A sense of kinship for the fellow traveler and a sense of adventure for the uncharted future, gives meaning to life. The world needs to rediscover this essential lesson from the road. Like the kid at the end of Camelot, I will travel far and wide, with an open heart and wind in my hair, believing that our best days are ahead.

— Vaibhav Singh