“Because memory is time folding back on itself. To remember is to disengage from the present. In order to reach any kind of success in automobile racing, a driver must never remember.” - Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
Throwing it back to my auto racing days again (and a quote from one of my favorite books). I haven’t posted a car pic in a little while because I started to second guess it if was related to the type of content you can benefit from but I realized, though racing is now a past life for me, I learned so much about life that’s applicable today.
One of the most important lessons I learned on the track was if I made a mistake - hit the brakes too hard or not hard enough, turned in too late or too early, didn’t get to the throttle on time and lost my momentum - I had to forget about it and focus on the next corner. If I dwelled on the mistake, and beat myself up for making it, I would miss the corner and the corner after that - creating a domino effect on my driving.
In our everyday lives, we do this constantly. We say something that made us feel stupid, mess up at work, or have an argument with someone we love - and we dwell on it. We carry it with us the whole day, maybe even the whole week, and let it affect us over and over again. Next time you feel something went wrong; acknowledge it, forgive yourself for it, and move on. There’s no use in letting it linger for the next 3 corners. And after all, like racing, life’s not about perfecting every moment - it’s the sum of those moments (both perfect and imperfect) that add up to something beautiful.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.