This weekend is the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. They’ve sold the place out and homes are going for rent for in some cases more than $1000 a night! Hmm. . . “Jackie, is there any place you want to get away to this weekend?”
Of course, things have changed a lot in one hundred years. Go visit the Indy 500 museum sometime and you’ll see. The cars are more colorful, faster and even safer though years ago they weren’t traveling 200mph.
But one of the most amazing things to me is how quickly they can cover five hundred miles. In fact, along with the NASCAR counterparts, these professionals must think five hundred miles is nothing. Some of them take on that kind of mileage every week or at least regularly and rarely complain about it.
I wonder if our culture could learn a little more about persistence, perseverance and dedication from the commitment these drivers have to the long haul. We continue to live in an I want it now culture where young people in particular are often unwilling to do the hard work to reach a goal or objective.
Many don’t want to put in the time to earn the money to have a nice car, attractive home and stylish clothes. They want those things now. They believe they’re entitled to them. Some of those same young adults expected their mom and dad to pay for their college while they partied a lot and made it through.
I think it might be a good thing if more parents challenged their kids to think of long distances, significant time and investment of personal resources as a good thing. What if parents expected their children to pitch in, work for at least some of their education and even pay back some of what was invested in them?
I tend to think more and more young adults would begin to act like the thirty-some drivers this weekend, go fast, stay safe but not worry one bit how long the race is. Maybe more of them would commit to the big picture and wait for better. And somehow our society would be better off, too.