This one has been posted a few times on social media over the last year but it bears repeating. It touches on the beef I have with people say karting is “just for a plastic trophy” . If this is what karting means to you, you’re missing the point…
To My Child…
Why I don’t pay for kart racing:
Over the years and just last Tuesday night, I have had people ask me, "Why do you pay so much for kart racing?
I wanted you to know what I really “pay” for and what I hope you gain from these experiences…
I pay to assure that you are pushed beyond your perceived limits.
I pay to challenge you at every kart preparation in the garage as well as at the race track.
I pay to push and challenge you to the point where you might want to quit because it can be so tough but you don’t.
I pay to build up your confidence at the same time so you don’t.
I pay because I understand that your self-assurance on the track transcends to your everyday life.
I pay for you to learn how to set goals and chase down dreams.
I pay to help install a high level of self-confidence that you can and will accomplish the goals you set for yourself.
I pay so you have more caring and responsible adults involved in your life.
I pay for the days when you don’t do so well and come home exhausted and you don’t really want to do work on the kart, but you do it anyway.
I pay for the life lessons that losses, frustrations, and disappointment from competition can provide.
I pay for life lessons, victories, and personal accomplishments that competition can provide.
I pay for you to have opportunities to take pride in your actions on and off the track.
I pay for you to be accountable to others (sponsors, fellow competitors, race friends) and to help you understand that you are not the center of the universe.
I pay for the opportunity for you to honor karting by always giving your best effort on and off the track.
I pay for you to have the leadership opportunities karting can offer.
I pay to provide opportunities for you to help everyone around you improve as a person.
I pay for you to understand that you will forever be surrounded by more talented people and less talented people, and that a true leader has the humility and patience to work with both.
I pay for you to learn that it is the accumulation of hours upon hours of hard work combined with numerous personal sacrifices to be an overnight success in everything you chose to do.
It is not karting that I am paying for, I am paying for the time and conversation with my child on the way to and from races.
I pay for the smiles and sense of purpose that racing provides you.
I pay to provide lifelong memories from traveling and going to new places with me.
I pay for you to experience new cities that we visit by traveling to races. I pay because it’s clear that racing sparks your life, passion, and sense of pride.
I pay for help in guiding you down the right path.
I pay because karting reinforces the life lessons about hope, compassion, hard work, and commitment to yourself and others that your mom and I have taught you. Most importantly I pay for the bridge of understanding that karting provides a parent and child.
Finally, I pay for these opportunities because I do not have to push or force you to race, rather your desire to race is unequivocally from within and hopefully carries over to everything you do in life.
Love always, Dad