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Before it's too late
By Rich Smith, 05-15-2019
Six years ago I started a five year plan. I want to own a Tesla. Notice how my math doesn’t quite add up there. I’m a year late. Life happens, it’s just how things go. But the goal is still there. I want to own a Tesla for so many reasons. I’m tired of gas prices and being at the mercy of the oil companies. I’m tired of oil changes and all the add ons that they make you feel like an idiot for not spending $600 on every 3000 miles. I’m ready to do my part for the environment, and while my one gas powered vehicle might not make a huge difference, supporting an industry that is trying to change the world might. But most of all, I just love how they look.
Here’s what’s interesting. Life has a way of showing you things regardless of the timing. My dad passed away over 20 years ago, and yet I’m reminded of him every day when I see a Tesla. I never understood my dad and his obsession with cars. He was a gear head to the max. There was always some project car he was working on in the garage. Most weekends in the summer we were at a car show, and if we weren’t you could find him wrenching on some clunker he pulled out of the mud on some random Kansas backroads farm. While my dad and I never saw eye to eye on anything, I realize as I get older I’m more and more like him. He’d always tell the story of going down to the car dealerships just too look at the 1955 Chevy Nomad. For whatever reason, that was his car. He loved those cars, and I never understood…until now. You see, that’s me with Tesla. There isn’t a day that goes by that I want to tell him I finally understand. Why it took all this time might be a cruel lesson, but it’s one that I learned that vowed not to repeat with my kids.
That brings me to all of you. Without sounding to preachy, I encourage all of you to pick up the phone and call someone you love. Do it before it’s too late. In our industry, being away from your family and friends is just a part of life. Don’t let time slip away. Call, email, text, DM. Do whatever you can to stay in touch with the people that matter in your life. I promise you it’s time well spent. I would give any amount of money to just have 5 more minutes with my dad. Show him a Tesla, show him how when the time comes I’m going to order it from my iPhone (as part of the 5 year plan) and tell him I finally understand how he felt about the Chevy Nomad.