When I first got into college, I remember all the higher-ups deemed it mandatory for every incoming student to go to an "enlightening" workshop on what our college futures held in store for us. As it turned out, all they really did was cram a bunch of psychobabble into our virgin, unscathed, MTV-soaked minds about endless possibilities, hard work, and being ready for some of the best times of your life. All I got out of it was the fact that when my college career was all said and done, my bank account was going to be hurtin'!
Actually, looking back at it now, maybe it wasn't such psychobabble-that dude up there spitting the gospel was on his game. One thing I do remember was a quote he read to us from Vincent van Gogh about our college lives that went a little something like this, "If you hear a voice within you say 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." That quote could be taken in several contexts, but his message was this: if there is something this college offers and you doubt your abilities, then by all means face the fear and do it. Life's too short to play it safe, and on top of that, just because you try it doesn't mean you're stuck with it. Basically, everything came full circle about expanding your mind and trying new things.
Being an advocate of "I'll try anything once" (but when it comes to food, I'll be the first to admit I said I'd try it, not necessarily swallow it), I remember thinking, "Finally, some type of administrator is begging us to try new things and experience all that life has to offer, instead of playing by the rules to get good grades and get into college." It was...amazing, really. I get to go to school doing what I do best, trying new things! And that is exactly what I did, for better or worse. Note to self: If you come across a class dubbed Leisure and Recreation, it's not so cool; in fact, it sucked, but that's what it's all about, right?
Like I said before, my whole life I have grown up trying anything and everything in all walks of life. Through ridicule, broken bones, the doubt of others, trips to the E.R., utter and total failure, and even success, I can honestly say one thing I will never stop trying is broadening my horizons and attempting new things. Even in the world of custom classic trucks, I continue to seek new adventures.
My latest comes in the form of leading. One thing I have never done, or even seen done, up until a few weeks ago was leading. However, that didn't stop me from ordering a kit and giving it a go. Now I will say this: Just days before my scheduled launch, my mom informed me my grandpa was coming into town; therefore, I did get a quick tutorial. But still, it would have been go time either way. This leads me to my next point.
In this month's issue there are several stories regarding bodywork, a subject most cringe at. The words "bolt on" are the most reassuring pats on the back to many hot rodders. However, mention bodywork and the mindset isn't that of Rosie the Riveter's "We Can Do It!" But I'm here to pass on the message my college counselor announced to thousands upon thousands of incoming freshman: Don't be afraid to try new things. Grab an old fender, door, tailgate...whatever, and put some of these skills and methods between the pages of CCT to the test. Who knows, you might even like it, or furthermore, be good at it! But as for now, who really knows, especially if you're even too hesitant to get your feet wet. As for now, that's enough of my psychobabble-get out there and paint your own picture. -Dakota Wentz