Today we indeed put too much emphasis on the value of self, the identity and finding the identity of the self, and fully develop and realize the value of self. We put too much stress on self, even to the degree of neglect in many ways the importance of community. The truth is to find oneself, one needs to find to what community, culture, country, tradition he is belonging to first.
While almost everyone knows my connection to my car, and my seeming obsession towards them, many people are unaware of the community that I am apart of and strongly involved in. The car culture has become to me a huge influence on my life, not only because of the cars, but the people themselves. Sometimes it seems as though the people you meet along the way, are more important than the cars that bring us together.
A single instance stands out distinctly from just this last weekend. I was at the race track, and one the cars I was helping run for the weekend had engine trouble. In a matter of an hour, we had much of the car torn down to diagnose the failure. We soon had a crowd of other drivers and car owners standing about offering to help. After a mere 30 minutes, people we did not directly know, had come up with the parts we needed, and helped get the car back together and tuned in time for that Sunday’s race. And while I did not know half the people that were helping, nor did they know me, through the connection and the love for racing, individuals from the community stepped up to help out. After the ordeal was over, as a group, we all sat down and enjoyed dinner together as a group of friends who shared the common love for cars, but who all came from different walks of life.
While the goal of that day was to get the car back racing again, the event ended up being more than that to me, and many other people that helped with the car. By the end of the day, many of us had made new friends from different parts of the state, and were all sad to leave those new friendships behind when it came time to leave. I truly believe that being apart of a strong community has helped me become both a more outgoing and helpful person.
Both seeing and being a part of this incredibly outgoing and helpful community has shown me the importance of being involved in these types of groups to building strong relationships with people. I honestly believe that my association with this type of community and the people involved in it will help me to become a better person further on in live, simply by the examples of selflessness they showed throughout the weekend.