The finish line is here. The crowd cheers, or is that a baby near? A desire-burning blaze that once lit the night – has faded to ashes, barely providing any light. Is it injury or focus that dampens the spirit. Or new roads with energy and differing merits. The triumphant highs that could not be matched – winning first provided, without any catch. No longer the case, the price is now high. Even more so today, with more money than time. One’s drive cannot be fabricated, I’ve learned at least that much. Like a shoulder or wrist, rebuilt by a surgeon’s touch. It’s consuming and taken more trust than I had. Sometimes the reward made the cost not so bad. It’s not a decision that’s easy to make. It is what I am. It is who I’ve made. Yet at the same time, to know what is right. To not plan ahead, would be so short in sight. Still feeling I’ve left plenty out on the table – never fully attaining to what I felt able. But I walk away on my own good two feet – to those who I love, and will properly greet. It’s not just a matter of simply being present, but contributing fully to what I yet haven’t. The end is not cast, but priorities change. A shuffle in importance. A time to rearrange. One more lap. Or maybe two. Checkered flag waiving – it still feels too soon. Walking away is the most difficult part, leaving an identity built heavy on heart. While one path completes, another begins. I can now see there are other races to win. I’ve stayed too long, it’s surely time to go. Into the next set of winding turns, our family goes.
After doing this for so long, it's time to take step back. I'm not out completely, that'll be too hard to do. But I want to hit the reset button and do some different things. I posted this on Facebook and Instagram late last week and thank you to everyone who reached out with sincerely nice things to say. We headed to Grattan this past weekend and the same thing continued, enough that I didn't realize how much of an impact our racing has had, or how small the racing community is.
In any event, it's not the end. We have more to do this year which will be announced soon. In the future, being at the race track is certainly something I still plan on doing. It's what I've been doing the past 15 years.
Thank you.Monday, August 29th, 2016 | POSTED AT: 5:13 AM
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- Published: 08.29.16 / 5am
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