A Ride Amidst The Race

Rev….rev rev…..revvvvvvvvvv and GO!

A jumpy start and off we go, from from the start line. We give it our all at the start to get ahead. Corner after corner, overtaking our comrades, wanting only to see no more rear tyres in front of us. We rush in a cluster of energy and bustle through the track fighting to make sure the pent up potential energy is optimized.

It’s not just a rush, it’s the rush! Life is a race and those who don’t give it their all, get left behind. This is what we’ve been taught since we can remember. You can’t afford to stop to smell the flowers on the side, you have to save your hide. Rush now so you can relax later. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not, it’s a race and you have to do what everybody else is doing and be better at it than them. This is what we’re fed since we could eat solid food.

But do we really stop, even for a second to think what it is that makes that person win, no matter how hard we try? Do we even respect that victory we strive so hard towards?

Winning is indeed everything but the prize is what you choose to win, not what they tell you it is.

When everybody is out there, racing for the same victory, the champion who seems to cut through the crowd fearlessly, who keeps getting farther and farther ahead, is getting there not because he’s doing what everybody else is doing or because he’s better at it. It is because of what he’s doing different from the rest. That, is what sets him apart. That is what makes the winner a true champion.

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Photo courtesy: asphaltandrubber.com

Like everybody else, he too knows what he wants but unlike the rest, it is how far he’s willing to go to get it that truly matters. Now you may argue with me that his bike might be better than the rest but then again, even in MotoGP, there are two riders for the same factory with the same bikes, who are on very different levels.

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photo courtesy: naviwall.com

I’m not saying you should compare yourself to your peers. No. What we need to do, is to find out what we’re good at and I mean really find out! It’s the little things that make a big difference. If we can identify those little things and apply them to our race, we can then cherish our own victories.

Unlike the races we watch on tv, desperately clutching each others hands, not knowing what to do with all the tension and excitement, life’s race doesn’t have a single and defined finish line. That’s why the line “life is a race” is misleading. Sure there’s immense competition in every field but what we need to remember is that we are not all racing to reach the same line.

Personality develops when comparision ends

The truly happy are those who are accomplished, without ever feeling any less about themselves than anyone else. They are happy because they figured out that the only real aim in life is to be happy. Now “all this might sound good to talk about but reality is very different” may be your reaction to this but if you think about it, if you’re unhappy in life, only you are to blame….apart from the ones who screwed you over. But then again, in retrospect, you shouldn’t have let them. But things happen. We can’t live a normal life if we don’t have some measure of heartache. That’s part of the learning experience.

If you ride a two wheeler, I’m sure you’ve tried being the first person to speed away from the rest of the traffic when the signal goes green. I’m sure you’ve raced with random other riders as well. The ‘provoked when revved next to’ attitude, the rush of the chase, the ego of the race, the elation when you win by crossing a line you decided would be the finish line, the injured pride when you lose and the mutual respect shared when you both have had a good race. I know you’re nodding and slightly smiling reading this.

It’s never a good idea to race on public roads, yet we do it. Why? Apart from the fact that we’re psychotic baboons with death machines, bikers and cagers alike, we do it because for those few seconds, we feel free. Free from everything else that define our lives in a society.

And yet, there are those days, when you just don’t care. You don’t bat an eye when someone with a loud exhaust pipe revs next to you. You don’t feel the need to race, you just wanna ride. Those are the days when you’re truly living your life. You maintain a steady pace, you’re in no hurry and you take in what the ride has to offer. You let other baboons pass you, you actually don’t care if the rest of the world passes you and you just ride because it gives you joy. This is what the true meaning of “life is a race” is.

When you don’t budge when provoked by another’s irrelevant success and when you’re on your way to yours, you have already won.

You are happy.

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Photo courtesy: socyberty.com

 

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