Something you might not know how to do: Modifying your life. If only changing our lives was as easy as changing an air filter, right? Even a timing belt, at least we could see how close we were to being done. The question is, why do you modify your vehicle?
Passion. This is important. It matters.
As gearheads, we’re always pursuing more; more power, more ground clearance, more miles on a charge, more competition, a more luxurious ride. We’ve spent years talking cars with each other and look what we’ve got to show for it; economy cars with more than 400hp, rock crawlers with more than 6ft of articulation, homemade EVs with more than 60 miles range, 24hr endurance racing for parts cars, and more. Why does this matter?
It matters because our investment in these automotive pursuits – cars, community, culture – earns us solid returns in the form of information we use to maintain, modify, and repair our vehicles – no matter what might happen. Simply put, we invest in our automotive passions because we’ve seen over and over again how we directly benefit from doing so. The more time we spend learning how to maintain, modify, and repair our vehicles, the better they get.
Let’s spend more time learning to maintain, modify, and repair our lives.
There is plenty in this life that might seem beyond our control, but we know we’re in control of our vehicles. When something breaks, we know we can fix it. We break out our tools and begin disassembling complex machinery that would terrify most people. We know we have the resources to solve any problem we might encounter. We are building high performance machines.
There’s plenty about cars, trucks, and bikes we can control, but we might not think we can control the rest of our lives. When we find ourselves working jobs we hate or stuck in some kind of professional rut, it might not feel like we can change things. It’s almost as if the only tools we’ve got are our diplomas, degrees, and resumes.
We are not our diplomas or degrees.
We are not our damned resumes.
We are what we do.
We are not gearheads just because we say we are. We are gearheads because we have taken responsibility for the performance of our vehicles. We have taken it upon ourselves to seek out the information we need to do whatever is needed to make our machines perform.
We are what we do. The point is this: You have achieved great things with your vehicle because you have spent time and energy learning about it, interacting with other gearheads, and associating with like minds. You know how to modify your vehicle. Apply what you know to something you don’t – build a high performance life.
Research, ask questions, share experiences – collaborate.
The status quo is never enough. As gearheads, we take we’ve got and we make it better – our lives included.
So, how are you applying what you know about cars/trucks to the rest of your life?