Hey Cool Car Fans,
As many of you who follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Goblin Network know I’ve been training for the Steamboat Springs Marathon that is this coming Sunday. Unfortunately, last week after four days in a row of long runs, I came down with a serious case of bronchitis that had me laid up at home and in bed for a week. I’m still struggling with this junk as I write this, so I won’t be able to run it now.
It’s a very humbling experience when you get ill. I have clients who have battled cancer and some who are battling that disease right now. My heart goes out to them and running in races is one way that you can help support charities that are in the fight against diseases like cancer.
It’s amazing how much you appreciate your health when you don’t have it. I also believe that God sometimes allows sickness to strike us down to deal with our own self-love, to remind us of our frailty as human beings and to not get so caught-up in ourselves that we forget about others. This isn’t always the case obviously since we live in a fallen world, but for Christians I think it is often true, since once you become a Christian nothing in your life comes to you without first passing through Divine Providence. Maybe it’s just me, but I get very introspective when I’m sick and I think that’s the case for most people. You really appreciate your health!
I was talking with a friend and she told me about how a friend of hers had gone on vacation to Hawaii and while he was there he got what he thought was a cold, it turned into pneumonia and he died. A reminder that your life can be taken from you at any moment and don’t test your body even if you think you can.
I recognize that writing about this on CoolCarGuy.com is not probably what many first time visitors would expect, but I try to be real with people in my business as well as my personal life. Too much of our world today are sound bites or if you’re an active follower of Twitter and other social sites, much of what people say today is non-stop promotion without any reality attached. In the end, none of those things matter. I have yet to see a U-haul following a hearse to the cemetery.
A friend of mine told me yesterday about how his father had left his brother an original 1968 Shelby that has only 60,000 original miles on it. He told me that he was offered $180,000 for the vehicle from a man of means, who wanted to put it in his collection, but his brother turned him down. He raised the offer to $200,000 and his brother still turned him down. He said, “My Dad and my brother bought that car together and it’s one of the only memories that he has left of my Dad, so I don’t think he’s interested in selling it.” Obviously not, but it drives home the point that there are some things in life that cannot be replaced. In this case, the car is not a commodity that can be bought with a price tag, but a memory tied to an experience. I thought that was pretty cool.
Life is short and we should enjoy the time that we have and not forget the millions of people in this world who are suffering. Missing this marathon is not the end of the world and I enjoy running, so I hope to be back out hitting the pavement again soon. I’m considering the Denver Marathon later this year and this race supports a number of great charities. I also may run the Georgetown Half-Marathon on August 8th, which I’ve ran several times before. That’s a really fun run, if you’re thinking of getting into running consider that run as a good challenge.
Enjoy the weekend! If you need assistance with buying, selling, trading or leasing a vehicle feel free to give me a call and I’ll make the time to help you out.
Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy
John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @coolcarguy