It turns out, no matter how we try to avoid it, that we are creatures of habit. I was turning back the clock this morning, just curious of what I was doing this time last year in 2013. Turns out that I was writing another blog post like this one.
Well, it’s my blog. So, if I want to do the same thing, I can! FYI, this blog post might get kinda emotional/sappy, so if you want to skip it and come back to some car stuff, check in later.
When I really look back on the year, I’m in a much better place than last year. Rather, I’m in a much stronger place than before. That’s a really important thing for me.
In all honesty, to really appreciate this year, I have to look back at the year before that. 2013 will always be the year that everything kicked off into gear. It had started out as a rough year for me emotionally. I had just gotten out of a really long relationship. I didn’t particularly like the career path that I was on, and I felt that I was much farther behind with my racing than I should be.
In short, I wasn’t in a happy place. So, I decided that I was going to start working on it. I decided that I was going to start attacking the problems head on.
I started making a list of all of the things that I wanted to improve on going through the year, which of course required a lot of personal changes.
- I started exercising more, eventually working with a personal trainer.
- I started writing more.
- I changed jobs.
- I purchased my first kart (which was a huge deal to finally have something of my own to race) and started doing as many practice days as I could, and started racing more.
- I started to meet some really great people.
- I started working my way out of my comfort zone.
Looking back at 2014, I realized that I’ve been really fortunate this year. Fortunate to be in a good health. Fortunate to be able to have good friends. Fortunate to have a good job. Fortunate to be able to race, try new things, and have supporters to help with all of that.
When it comes down to it, I’ve been blessed to be able to pour my attention into things that I really love doing, and get my mind back into the right mode. It’s been a year where I’ve been better able to understand the difference between what skills I need to improve, versus where I already have the skill-set and just need to remove limits that I placed on myself unnecessarily.
Even where it’s dipped here and there, 2014 has been a hell of a year. If I have my way, 2015 will manifest to be even better. I’ve got some interesting opportunities that should open the doors to get me closer to where I really want to be, so we’ll see how it all works out.
To be honest, this video that I found with Will Smith in it pretty much explains how I’m going to be motivated attack the upcoming year.
Catch you later, Internet. See you next year!