Today I was a speed racer, but luckily there were no police officers pulling me over to give a ticket because I saved my speed racing for the Larry H. Miller raceway, where you get to pretend to be a real race car driver for the day! I went with my husband and a group of my execs that I worked with at MCG and some that I am working with again at REES Capital. We had an absolute blast today and it was a ton of fun to hang out with the group. Here are a few fun photos from our adventure today:
I have to say that it was a really fun experience to drive the cars on the racetrack, but the truth is that driving that fast takes far more skill then one might think! They put us through a class first to teach us how to sit in the car, how to handle the steering wheel, how to handle the gas and the brakes on the different corners. Sitting in the class I was totally overwhelmed at how complicated it all sounded and how impossible it seemed to remember each detail. In the past I have considered myself quite the expert “speed racer” on the normal roads and there are a few highway patrolmen who can attest to that sad fact (at least there used to be as I have straightened up my ways and have driven much more carefully the last several years, which I am quite proud of). But never did I realize all the technicalities that were supposed to go into driving a fast car!
After we finished our racing experience I thought a lot about the metaphor that today’s driving experience is for our lives. Anyone can drive fast in life – they can put the pedal to the medal and speed along thinking they have it all under control, but then that tricky corner comes up and if you don’t know exactly the right moment to apply the brake, and if you don’t know how much force to brake with, and if you don’t know the right way to swing into the corners, and if you don’t know the right time to reapply the gas again coming out of the corner, you can veer right off the road into the ditch or into the wall or you can even flip your car and get injured. Life is the same way. You can be racing through life thinking you have it all down, going faster and faster, but if you don’t prepare yourself for the upcoming tricky turns in the road and if you don’t seek training and advice on how to handle those turns from the people with experience, there is a good chance you will find yourself sliding right off the track or even worse flipping upside down. It may seem exhilarating and exciting to go 150 miles an hour down the track of your life, but unless you have properly prepared and trained yourself, you could be in for a really hard go of things. So never discount the value of education and preparation and taking instruction from those who have been there, done that, and learned the life lessons! Then go on and be the best SPEED RACER ever!
Have a Terrific Thursday everyone