I think I’m going through a pre-mid-life crisis. The thought hadn’t crossed my mind at all until a friend of mine brought up the idea on my birthday. I was telling her how for my birthday the wife got me a package at DriveTech Racing School. We haven’t booked a date yet, but when we do go, I’ll be receiving some basic instruction and 12-laps around a 1.5-mile racing track in an actual Nascar car. With a V8 at my feet and the bleachers flying by at over 100 mph, we’re hoping this will address my need for speed. Very few things make me happier than punching the accelerator, negotiating turns in high speed, and gripping the wheel tight, and simply seeing the world zip by.
I then went on to tell my friend about my then upcoming motorcycle training class. I spent this past weekend under the hot sun on a motorcycle. This was my first time actually driving one (I’ve been a passenger on one before). Let me tell you – riding a motorcycle is a lot harder than you’d think. Firstly, having to switch gears is a stark change from the cushy life of automatic transmissions that I’ve gotten used to. Then getting used to completely new controls (clutch at the hand, shift lever at the foot, brakes at the hand and feet, throttle at the hand) takes a while too. I’m used to braking and applying gas with my feet, it’s not quite the same with the hand. Then finally there’s turning and maneuvering – leaning a 300-pound motorcycle in a sharp turn going at speed isn’t exactly as comforting as doing it in a car – 2 wheels are very different to 4. All things considered, I had a blast and am glad I did it. At the end of the day I passed both the road test and the written test and so will soon have a motorcycle endorsement on my license (once I get down to the DMV that is). Now all I need is a motorcycle. I’ll have to start shopping around and learning as much as I can about buying one!
Finally there’s the sky diving that I have also signed up for. I’ve always talked about jumping out of an airplane and now I’ll finally have the chance to do so. Again, we haven’t scheduled it, but we’re thinking of going in October. I’ve heard stories and seen videos and it looks absolutely thrilling. I’m very much looking forward to free-falling with my limbs spread out, the world (or at least a few acres of it) beneath me, and the adrenaline pumping. Hopefully it’s not too cold by mid-October. But then again, who cares – I’m going to be jumping out of an airplane!
So, that’s it – the evidence of my pre-mid-life crisis. I’m certainly not “mid-life” yet, but getting a motorcycle license, spending time with a Nascar car on a racetrack, and jumping out of an airplane sounds a lot like a mid-life crisis to me. Add to that the recent job situation changes, which have me questioning a lot of what I’ve done over my years, and I think I have all the symptoms.
On the bright side, now that my mid-life crisis is out of the way, it’s smooth sailing from here…