For those of you whose cars are all put away nice and cozy, I feel for you. There’s always an inherent sadness when fall ends. The finality of Driving Seasons hits like a sock to the gut, and usually it’s because we are left full of regret. You know, the shoulda-coulda-woulda type of thinking, an unfair and all-too-common occurrence that heaps even more pressure on us to perform and achieve more come next spring.
Many times restorers set unrealistic goals and expectations from the start, almost setting us up for disaster. It’s not fair, nor easy to explain, but car fans are a bunch that generally likes to bite off more than we can chew. We can’t help but be optimists. Unlike most, enthusiasts can look at a junkyard and see all the vintage tin going to waste being full of great potential.
We put a lot of time and effort (not to mention money) into our passion. Sometimes it consumes more than its fair share. All those late nights and last minute thrashings to get ready for that car show take its toll over the long summer.
So my advice is to enjoy the time off; you deserve it.
Really, make some real time for yourself, not the car. Swap the driver’s seat for the couch. And don’t feel guilty. The car will still be there waiting patiently (hint: if you let it).
When spring comes, a rejuvenated car crafter will be ready to hit the streets.
Of course, that’s after you get to work wrenching...