Hey everyone! I came down with a pretty gnarly cold this weekend, and it’s been a while since a real update so I figured now was a good time.
As of now, there are two major tasks standing between where I am presently and getting onto the grid for the first round of the 2012 Formula Ford Championship. The first, as I mentioned in my last post, is selling my old race car. That’ll get us the money to get the Formula Ford and all the stuff we need to race it.
The second, and much more difficult part, is finding a job. With nothing but doom and gloom in the news about how the world economy is going to kill us all, I knew that it wouldn’t be simple. Since I moved here I’ve sent out tons of applications and spent hours writing cover letters. So far it’s been good enough for a single phone interview, and a few recruiters saying they *might* have something that fits. It’s been tedious and frustrating, and last week I got an email from the one interview I got saying they went with someone else.
It’s not really a big deal, just brush it off and send out more applications. But it did get me to start thinking; what if this doesn’t work? What if I get all the way to April, June, August with nothing to show for it? Is there some other way to get my career off the ground? Will I be condemned to the horrors of the real world for the rest of my life? I’m not really sure what I would do.
But then I started thinking about what I opened this post with. I’m SO close to getting there. All I need are these two things. Job hunting is frustrating because there are so many variables I have zero control over, but it’s something I would need to do anyways. So it’s not worth stressing over. Over the last year or so I’ve been having a dream that recurs every two months or so. The details are always different but I’m always at a race track, either in the paddock getting into the car, or even on the starting grid waiting for the pace lap. But something always comes up and the session gets delayed, and I always wake up before it can get started. I’m not an expert on interpreting dreams but I don’t think this one requires much interpretation. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back to professional competition since I was forced to quit in 2007. A lot of my ideas have been somewhat outrageous, and the constant downward spiral of IndyCar racing has always made it seem like an increasingly unrealistic goal.
But all that stands in my way now are these two things. SO close. Selling my old car, and getting a job. Both are very achievable. After years of frustration it’s slightly difficult to understand that there’s finally a very real chance I’ll be getting back on track in just an off-season’s time. But it needs to be at the forefront of my mind as I fight through the always-frustrating task of getting a job.
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