This month marks my blog's two year anniversary. As I reflect back I think of all the technical things I have learned like steering with the pedals and controlling speed with the steering wheel. I mostly reflect on how racing has changed my life.
Racing has taught me to be in the moment. It's like an open eye meditation. I don't think about the errands or chores I have to do. I don't think about work or other things like give me anxiety. It's just me and my Subie. I don't feel any emotions, any pain, and I don't place judgement on me. There is nothing but peace. And with that peace I get hyper focused. When I am hyper focused I note where I have made mistakes on the track and then focus on the next turn.
THE NEXT TURN
This has become my own personal mantra. Whenever I am going through tough times I tell myself, "Next Turn". It helps me let go of whatever is bugging me or hurting me and move on. Moving on is extremely important in racing and in life. If I spent all my time on the track thinking about what I did wrong and judge myself I wouldn't be able to go any faster or improve. Also, I could potentially make a really bad move and crash. I have learned that once I acknowledged my mistake without judgement and ego, all of a sudden racing and life is effortless. I am able to change, adapt, and adjust quickly. I move on to the next thing, which helps me grow and go faster. Less shit in my head = less tension = more relaxed muscles = quicker reaction times = speed.
The next turn mantra has taught me to not look into the past. To not shoulda, woulda, or could of. Because just like my car on the track life moves forward in one direction. So whenever I feel like shit or things are not going my way I just tell myself there is always the next turn up ahead.