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My Journey

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by Ryan King

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"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

That quote is attributed to Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu, but a thousand miles of steps is a lot.

As it continues, endlessly, my education has made me introspective about my own journey.

When I began my odyssey towards understanding, enjoying, and taking part in my automotive hobby, I had no idea how many teensy-weensy little steps there were.

Regardless, with the ignorance and enthusiasm of youth, I began stepping, and I haven't stopped for more than two decades. What I've learned is that there is a lot to learn. Sure, most people stop, and those that don't, only go so far with what they learn and live in that stagnated space satisfied with what they've accomplished.

I can't do that.

There is a lot to know. The automobile is a complex creation, and it requires complex systems of processes to manage all of that complexity. Especially when you want to know and do everything.

I mean everything.

If I were satisfied with driving them, or working on them, or just appreciating them, that would be great, but I'm not. I want to design them, engineer them, manufacture them, collect them, maintain them, restore them, improve them, drive them, and race them.

I'm satisfied with that.

On the positive side, this journey has never left me wanting for interesting things to do or opportunities to improve myself.

Life could be worse, I could be satisfied with stagnation.

Or dead.

This is a hobby that could easily make me dead.


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