Tuesday, February 4, 2020
I used to be ME, I think?
Autos of beauty
I was ME in this truck!
At one time I was me. I have heard from my youth: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken. So I tried to be. I remember a movie, “Rebel without A Cause.” The coolest dude ever was the shy/reluctant star, James Dean. Every boy I knew wanted to be him, and thinking they were being themselves. LOL He was the ‘coolest’.
He died young in an auto accident. James Dean was a good race car driver. Film producers always stated in his contracts, NO RACECAR driving until filming was over During the filming of ‘The Giant’ he traded his Triumph for a Porsche 550. He was driving it to his first race after filming in the Porsche, when he collided with another vehicle and was killed, cause of death a broken neck.
While everyone else was trying to be James Dean movie star, James was trying to be himself, he loved cars and speed. He died at 24. A week before his death a friend commented, “Jimmy, you drive this thing, you will be dead in it within a week.”
Being ‘YOURSELF’ can be precarious. AT times you must do it in secret. LOL
I must admit, watching ‘other’ people who claimed to be ‘finding themselves’, can be confusing. During the Peace-nik- flower-child times I thought folks were silly. I am still trying to wrap my mind around the period of ‘jailing’ or ‘pants on the ground’ time. THEN THE piercing or enlarging the ‘zero’ earlobes gets next to me. I was raised NOT to be tattoo’d, I was ‘Being Me’ and got a USMC emblem on my upper arm. DAD-gummit I was grown (17), Of course I was brave and hid it from mama!
It makes me sad when someone (IMO) has everything to live for & does something stupid. I can think of many, but John Denver comes to mind, dying in his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane. Anyone, but especially those with apparently so much to live for, surprises me, gambling with their lives to be themselves.
There is a long list of famous youths who gambled and died..
I have no idea where this is going but I am stopping. This 81 year old man might be banned by NASCAR while trying to enter a ’55 Chevy in the Daytona speed trials. Maybe I am just remembering what it’s like to be ME!
We all wanna ‘be our-own-self’ at least one time before the Bell tolls! LOL