Sometimes describing why you love something is difficult. Cal Newport nailed it in his book “Deep Work” when describing why the social critic Matthew Crawford gave up his job and opened a motorcycle repair shop.
“The feeling of taking a broken machine, struggling with it, then eventually enjoying a tangible indication that he succeeded (the bike driving out of the shop under its own power) provides a concrete sense of accomplishment he struggled to replicate when his day revolved vaguely around reports and communication strategies.”
That’s it. Exactly. There is a certain satisfaction when you succeed in fixing your car and you get to drive it another day. We are losing this as time progresses. The number of people who enjoy the intrinsic reward derived from working on something with your hands is getting smaller every day it seems.
Go out in the garage and do something, anything, you’ll feel better when you are done.
I saw a thumbnail of my article that will be in Land Rovers Owners International. I’d post it up here but they are kinda funny about that sorta thing. The good folks over at LRO took my words (4500+) and Mr. Fisher’s pictures (50+) for the SCARR 2014 Event and paired them down for a short article (300 words and three pictures). Its on page 252.
It looks pretty good. The Big White Bus gets a good picture and I even managed to be in a picture with Bill Burke! I’ll say more when it actually comes out. I believe it is on the shelf already in England and will be on the shelves and mailboxes on our continent (North America) next month (June).
I can’t wait to have it in my hands and subsequently hanging on my wall.
I just wanted the readers to know I was still writing up have finished all the blog entries for the SCARR 2014 trip. I have still have a lot on my plate with filing estate and trust taxes, searching for a new job, writing blog posts and sorting pictures, and my seemingly endless bouts of self-loathing and staring into the abyss.
I’ll get the posts up as soon as I sort a few things out.
UPDATE: If you stumbled upon this post here is the Complete Series of posts.