A day to relax and reflect

Today is Sunday and a day to switch off from the grind of daily life almost completely. I am having a mini-holiday as I am staying at my other half’s place in South Essex. It’s not exactly 1000 miles away from home but far enough to be a completely different place, different landscape, different people and nothing to remind me of home.

Having a short break like this is a bit like breathing unpolluted air at high altitudes: refreshing and nourishing. It clears my mind, it helps me reconnect with my purpose and helps me get back on track if I have wondered off for one reason or another. Somehow being at a certain distance from home also help me get some distance from my projects so I can look at them as if they were someone else’s and get a detached perspective.

It was just fortuitous that this weekend coincides with a new Moon in Aries which my astrologer friends consider to be highly auspicious for setting a new course in life and sowing the seeds of prosperity for the next 12 months. I decided to humour them and wrote down my intentions for the next year. I must say, the act of writing them down makes them look tangible already. Now it’s up to me to make them happen.

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One of my intentions for the next 12 months is to somehow find a way to go back to doing trackdays. Even if I can be a complete pansy I do love driving fast around a circuit, learning each corner and feeling the car shifting the balance left-right-front-rear as I hunt for the smoothest line for me around the track. Sadly I had to give that up for the past few years although a day at Snetterton 300 last year was the best Valentine’s Day gift EVER!

So when I am here at my boyfriend’s batchelor pad I play on the simulator while he works on his or my cars (seems like a fair exchange). After stopping at Spa Francorchamps on our way back to the UK last Summer I fell in love with this track. It’s a lot like other tracks I have driven but bigger, better and more rollercoaster like than those in the UK as mountains here are at a premium, unlike on the continent. Yesterday I resumed the task of learning where each corner is and how to tackle it. After completing a Grand Prix distance I can now go flat out around most corners apart from Les Combes and the Chicane which I get consistently wrong. The hairpin with elevation change isn’t too bad now and Au Rouge is to be considered duly spanked.  🙂

Although I wish I could be there for real instead of virtually I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn the track at home so that when I eventually do get there I can start enjoying myself straight away instead of having a midlife crisis at every corner and constantly wonder which way I am turning next. At this stage I don’t know how I will make it happen but am confident that I will.

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