[bd] As you reflect on how far you’ve come and how much you’ve changed in light of such experiences over the last 20 years, what skills do you see yourself having developed from your time “playing with cars” that have made remarkable differences in the quality of your life? Personally? Professionally? Work? Home? (Basically, however you see being a gearhead has mattered.)
[kr] This car hobby of mine has mostly been an outlet for me to relieve some stress, forget about the world, and a medium to apply some of my creative/artistic thoughts and goals into reality.
I have dived into maintenance or upgrades into my cars with a plan and time frame and learned over the years that you can’t do that with these things. Something almost always comes up whether something won’t come off or go in correctly or it just breaks. So I have developed a mentality that its good to plan – but don’t take it serious if the plan doesn’t go accordingly, because life will throw those curve balls just like working on a car.
Anyone that works on cars, especially old cars, where eventually things do need to get replaced, knows that your patience will be tested. It’s an inevitable fact we car folks will have to face. I have always had pretty decent patience, but my Galants have helped me extend my patience level. If you are a married man like myself or in a pretty serious relationship with a significant other, patience is a important key to keep the relationship going and healthy. Well, if you have a goal for the car or just a need to get it running out of necessity, typically patience is needed to get the job done right the 1st time. If we rush anything or cut corners, almost always sooner than later, you will have to go back to correct a problem or issue.
I used to have another Galant. My 1st “newish” car. The car that went through alot with me during my young adult life. It was my first project car, it was the car that helped me learn how to work on a car on my own. I ended up having to let it go due to some circumstances.
It was a point in my life where I just couldn’t afford keeping it without worrying when my next meal would be. I went close to 2 years without a car; taking public transportation or walking – because that’s how much money I didn’t have – until I finally got a job and met my girlfriend, who is now my wife and she found another Galant as a gift for Valentines Day.
I truly know the meaning of appreciating what you have. While people may complain about not having certain things or having the newest and coolest products, I always reflect on that time in my life when I let go of my car just to have the basic necessities – food and shelter. I am lucky to have what I have. There are people who aren’t so fortunate. I may not being driving a new or relatively newer, late model car, but I have a car which I am proud to drive because it own it or I built it. So when I happen to see anyone in a situation much like I was years ago with almost nothing, it humbles me to know that was me years ago and that I am fortunate to have what I have now.
To be continued…
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