Chasing a dream: looking back on what I've learned

Racing's been the most important motivating entity in my life for as long as I can remember. Ever since my obsession with "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss as a child, I was certainly enchanted with the concept of making it in the sport. I never showed too much interest in fictional stories, but I had a real person who was my superhero.

Within racing, I haven't had the chance to do everything I'd like to just yet - far from it. However, whenever possible, I intend to use this space as a point of reflection and refocusing. Ideally, it's something I hope I can use as a tool to capture what I'm learning.

I'm an avid student of just about anything I get interested in. It's been that way my whole life. 

Education was always something to pass the time growing up, but my passion always pulled me into learning more about motorsports than anything else.

Things I spent a lot of my formative years figuring out (13-19 years old):

1. Learning how to maximize my performance on-track. Over time, I've learned a lot of this has carried over into many other aspects of my life. It's also one of the most challenging battles for refinement. I doubt it's something I will ever feel I'll have 100% complete control of. However, getting as close as possible is one of the most rewarding challenges I've ever faced. In my world, there's absolutely nothing that matches that challenge and thrill.

2. Minimize time spent on things that I didn't always find as useful, but were necessary, like formal education. Inadvertently, my passion for motorsports came at the expense of other things. However, it wasn't always possible to shut those things out completely. Learning how to be productive and effective wasn't something I consciously took note of, but was certainly a by-product of the way I did things. Managing an aspiring racing career, playing soccer competitively, training, handling school work, relationships, and still having free time to do other things I enjoyed - like just being a teenager that just bums around with friends - became a fine balancing act.

3. How to adequately raise funds to chase my grandiose dream of being a professional racecar driver. It costs money to get going in racing, a lot of it. My family didn't have it, but provided me damn well with everything they had and more to support my crazy dream (poor Mom). There was definitely a shift in focus when I wanted to step out of karting and into racecars. It went from a single focus of getting the most out of myself and my setup, to figuring out how the hell I would even get a chance to suit up and do what I loved next weekend. In the truest sense, it was trial by fire (thankfully not literally) and it was my challenge to figure things out.

I'll look into exploring more about each topic individually in future posts, as well as where that has led me.