Sometimes *@!$ happens. Sometimes it happens every day, for weeks, or even longer. How much “control” do we really have? Talk to any shrink and they will tell you we have NONE. But we can increase our odds, certainly. We can eat right, exercise, sleep an acceptable amount, do our homework, and then keep lining up. We line up even when we get our teeth kicked in. If we want to win, we just shake off life’s challenges and we go back for more, and hope we have a few teeth left when we’re done, and back on the winning track.
We went into this year’s MotoGP season with great anticipation for Ben Spies. Bigger motor, more experience, more refined team, bigger fan club, and a new brand. Expectations can be a profoundly heavy weight to carry. Looking closely, what we are getting in return for our expectations is actually much more than what we bargained for. No doubt Ben’s having a tough go at it. No doubt his fans are having their mettle tested this year. And Ben is finding out who his fans really are. The real ones who are with him no matter what.
We go about our day to day and we have our own challenges. Personal challenges. Business challenges. Working in post recessionary periods where it’s still more uphill than down. But we keep lining up. Or hopefully most of us do. And for some it’s been a very long haul. We need a signal, or a beacon to remind us we are not always alone. To show us what it’s like to keep lining up. Maybe just a human doing inhuman things. Someone who bleeds just like we do.
Ben is that signal for us. We’ve seen it all and nearly fell out of our chairs when we saw him hit the tarmac in practice and in the race. We dismiss the negativity and the haters because they just don’t matter. They have no idea. Maybe they don’t know what it means to “line up” anyway. We feel the challenge, the grit, and the pressure from thousands of miles away. Groundswell fan momentum is starting to build, as Ben reveals more of his heart and determination. We’ve seen the real fans and friends initiate campaigns such as “Spy Spies 11” to show their support and push the real love (good people like Brock – who has a day job).
If you saw the last two races you without a doubt know that Ben is the real deal. He’s like a lion in a cage and it’s obvious he’s coming into his own. It’s the real down-and-dirty evidence of how a human can line back up, over and over, and do the inhuman. It’s something we could / should all take a lesson from. Ben’s the guy we are pulling for, make no bones about it. He’s a guy to watch both in the race and the details of how he gets there. To watch what it’s like to line up again and again. We’re with you, Ben, lining up. Your fans.
Mary, Randy, Brock, Brad, Vivian, Claire, Amy, Cathy, Seppe, Ljiljana, Esther, Luca, Chiara, and RD2 — the list goes on and on.