It’s been over two months since the last time I published anything here.
Could this be the end of Gearbox Magazine?
Part of me says yes. Part says no.
What began as a magazine-themed blog dedicated to Mitsubishi owners quickly evolved into something more. More makes. More models. More meaningful. Running GBXM literally changed my life.
At least a dozen gearheads’ moms have contacted me about copies of articles. I’ve seen framed copies of printed issues and features. I’ve even had people send me resumes, asking if we’re hiring. It’s been an honor.
GBXM has introduced me to professionals in the industry. Few of us became close friends, but it’s nice being recognized by respected members of the motoring press, or beyond OEM gatekeepers. It’s been a privilege.
Automotive entrepreneurs have made time to speak with me about how they run their businesses, organize their personal lives, and change the world. Respected performance shops, startups, community leaders, innovators. It’s been inspiring.
Gearheads like us in England and Germany have opened their doors to my wife and I, offering us free room and board, arranging press cars, and generally looking out for us because, six years later, mein Deutsch ist noch shrecklich. I’ve even got a standing offer to ride motorcycles across India. It’s been humbling.
GBXM, founded in 2009, has been on my resume since 2010. The experiences I’ve had running this thing have helped me land some of the most important jobs I’ve ever had. It’s how I discovered work-life parallel, my true calling.
GBXM gave me a reason to contact the person who, a couple years later, would catalyze the big idea which spelled the probable end of GBXM. What I’d considered my life’s work might prove merely a significant piece of it.
For years, I’ve struggled with how to translate the incredible, life-changing experiences I’ve had through this publication. How do I go beyond telling you how this stuff will change your life? How do I give you a taste?
I don’t think I can.
Gearbox Magazine, as it used to be, is no more. Adventurist Life is my calling, now. But before I even begin considering pulling the plug on—or radically rebooting—this site, there’s still one story left to run—mine.
I need to bookend this thing with a full accounting of what we did here and why it matters.
I need to organize my gearhead’s professional toolbox and make one last go of helping you get to parallel.
What I’m trying to say is, I feel like I need to pull the last six-plus years together and sum it all up. There’s got to be a lesson in all this. But I’ve got to finish the last interview—myself—before I can sum it all up.
Not sure how I’m gonna play this, but I’m gonna play it anyway. You know, in case you wanted to play along.