May 20, 2021
I was diagnosed with a Spectrum “disorder” in 2021, and mention it in my book, "The Zen of Learning to Ride a Motorcycle “
HOWEVER I have experienced first hand that it is NOT a disorder, but a GIFT! When I finally realized that I process information in different way, it became a strength.
My next book will be about women who are on the spectrum and the struggles they have gone through to get the proper diagnosis and perspective on their neurodiverse GIFTS & how to turn what was once considered a disorder into a SUPERPOWER.
I am currently working on my second book, Drowning Under the Spectrum and hope to have it released sometime in 2023.
Keep on the look-out for the Audiobook, coming this summer, and "The Zen of Keeping a Journal" to go along with it. For Christmas, I plan to have a hardcover special edition available. So stay tuned!
How I faced my fears, shifted gears, and found healing from anxiety, codependency, and depression
I'm excited to announce that New York Times Bestselling author of "You Are a Badass", Jen Sincero, has endorsed my book! I met Jen back in 2003 after reading her first novel, "Don't Sleep With Your Drummer". I was having trouble not sleeping with my drummer at the time.
Jen encouraged me for years to write! I started and stopped writing this book many times, but I always felt like "What is the point of my book? Why am I writing this? What is the ending or the moral of the story?" It wasn't until I got my motorcycle license after my 50th birthday, did I finally understand a concept Jen talked about all the time, "How a person does one thing, is how a person does everything".
That being said, Let's address the Elephant in the Room. Why did I name my book "The Zen of Learning to Ride a Motorcycle" when there is a famous book already out there called "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig?
Because I finally understood the concept of "How a person does one thing, is how a person does everything" in the process of learning to ride a motorcycle.
So, initially, I was thinking of names like "Everything I ever needed to learn in life, I learned from my motorcycle" or "How I do motorcycles is how I do life."
But, when I learned that the concept of "How a person does one thing is how a person does everything" actually originated in Zen Buddhism, I knew I had my title.
Mr. Pirsig's book is nearly 50 years old and I was only four years old when his book was released. His book is written from the male perspective. Very few women were riding motorcycles in 1974 when his book was released. And while today, only 20% of motorcycle riders are women, in 1974, only half that many women were riding. I have paid homage to Robert Pirsig in my book, and hope I've done the name justice. It was not through yoga, astrology, or any other spiritual endeavor that I found Zen. I never imagined my motorcycle would be the guru I needed to find peace of mind in all areas of my life.
Leslie Reyes, BSN, RN
"Lola Leslie 66 Moto"