Number 6

I forgot to mention this! A few months ago I was able cross off something else on my Bucket List. Number 6 – Drive of a Race Car.

I did this with my dad. I bought him a race car experience that we could do together for his birthday. While I do enjoy motor racing, my dad enjoys it even more. He never misses a F1 race or the 24 hours of LeMans. He also catches an Indy Car and NASCAR race from time to time.

We did what is called Dirt Racing Experience. We went to an oval dirt track just outside Mesquite called the Devil’s Bowl Speedway. We each hopped into some Late Model Dirt Racers with about 6 other guys and did about 10 laps. We both have the shared experience of struggling with the manual transmission at first because neither of us have driven a manual in over a decade. To be honest, we drove just fine, it was getting going without stalling is what we were both worried about. haha.

I really enjoyed it. I gave me ten laps to pretend I was a race car driver. Maybe in another life where I was braver I would have enjoyed being a race car driver

I do also have another driving experience on my Bucket List. Number 133 is to go to Germany and experience the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit. One of the most famous tracks in the world due to it’s length and difficultly.

Hopefully I’ll be able to make it over there during my time in Europe, but until then, here is Richard Hammond when he was part of Top Gear trying to drive a Formula One race car.

Recognize your good days

We will always have bad days. It’s a fact of life that we’re going to have them. Not everyday is bad though. Even when it seems that we are having a bad week, or bad month, or even bad year, not everyday is bad.

Unfortunately, what happens for most of us is we focus on the bad days too much! We dwell on them and fall into this spiral of doubt, helplessness, and frustration.

But not every day is bad. Did you have a day where you were with people you care about? Did you have a day where you laughed until your cheeks hurt?

I don’t want to dismiss the bad days and the hurt or sorrow you may feel in them, but instead to recognize that there is more power in the good days. I want you to realize that power of a good day can erase 100 bad days.

As long as there is tomorrow, as long as life goes on, there is hope for something better ahead for us. Despite all the bad days we may have, when we recognize the good days and celebrate them, life all of a sudden seems hopeful. Life begins to look brighter.

The Enemy sometimes has convinced us (even culture as a whole) to focus on the bad days, to focus on what brings us down instead of what lifts us or others up. He does this because he knows one good day can change everything.

Don’t let bad days take you hostage

Don’t let a bad yesterday ruin a good today.


The Problem with Self Help

self-help1Self help books are constantly the top of many best seller lists.

Constantly, someone comes out with a new book that promises to make you better or make life easier. But my experience has always been we can only help ourselves so much.

Honestly – The problem with self-help is self. We think that alone we can unlock the secrets to the perfect life we long for.

You can’t do it all alone. You aren’t the only one how can help yourself. And sometimes because we are unreliable narrators, we are actually unable to help ourselves or really see where we need to improve.

As good as Russell Wilson is, he needs a team to win. As good as Jake Arrieta pitches, he still need others to score runs. As good as Serena Williams is, she needs a coach to make her the best. As good as Jordan Spieth is, he still needs his caddy’s counsel to make the best shot.

We need others to become the best version of us. We need others to help us reach our goals. Doing it by yourself is lonely. Life is better together.