Motorcycle Clubs are all the rage. Why you shouldn't join one (Part 1)
Don't have Regrets
James “Hollywood” Macecari
Being a content creator on almost every major platform there is one thing that I’ve learned. People really like hearing about motorcycle clubs. I don’t know if it’s because they crave the brotherhood dream, or if it’s a sense of stepping out of what's normal for them. One thing is for sure, brotherhood in a motorcycle club is rare.
Here we go, the haters will start piling on with the f bombs and threats lol.
Here’s a challenge I would like to put forward. Ask any former club member if they achieved their goal of brotherhood. Ask them if they have any contact with the people they used to ride with. If they do have contact with them, ask if it’s the same as when they were wearing that patch. I can almost bet you, the answer will be no.
I’m not trying to paint motorcycle clubs in a bad light. Brotherhood is something if you've been in this scene any length of time, you will know it’s hard to come by.
I’d have to say 70% of those who leave a motorcycle club have no further contact with those they once called brothers. It’s funny, I used to cringe all the time when watching Sons of Anarchy and hearing the word brother over and over again.
I won’t even use the word, it has no meaning anymore. Crap, people who create videos and podcasts use it all the time to talk to their audience. It’s a watered down word, so why believe in something that is watered down?
A motorcycle club has a very detrimental effect on my family life. I’m sure you will hear this from many others who were once in a club. It’s very true your family takes a back seat to the motorcycle club every time.
I like to remind people when they are all hardcore into the club, “just remember it’s your family that’s going to be there, so don’t abuse them.” What that basically means is your family will still be there when you’ve left the club, even though they were put on the back burner.
Those that have been in clubs know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s always the family that suffers by you being around the club.
Your time does matter
The first thing that will happen when you join a club is your time gets taken away. You’re going to find out that quickly. It won’t matter what you have going on in your personal life, the club will always be the #1 priority.
Most people will not realize the time you lose being a part of a motorcycle club. Well, that’s until it’s too late.
I realized that when I turned 48. I looked back and ever since I was 21 I was a part of a club. I missed many family events, not to mention some sanity with all the drama that went on. I lost decades of my life because I always put the club first. Time I will never get back. This has to be one of the most important things you have to realize before joining a club, you don’t get that time back.
Part 2 of this article which will come out next week (11-14) we will continue our discussion on, “why you shouldn’t join a motorcycle club.”
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