For the Love of NASCAR, Community, and Everything Else: This I Believe
In 1951, Edward R. Murrow, NPR’s avante-garde host invited Americans from all walks of life to write essays about their personal philosophies and core values that guided their daily lives for a radio series called “This I Believe.”
In its four year run on NPR the series received thousands of compositions from people in a movement that stretched from sea to shining sea and everywhere in between.
While the series has since concluded the assignment lives on at the This I Believe website. There you can browse through submitted essays and create your own belief statement.
First and foremost, I believe in community.
As a newly appointed Co-Community Leader, I consider it an honor and a privilege, one that I take very seriously. Kelly Crandall , along with my predecessor Mary Jo Buchanan helped to create an amazing community, one that I believe will continue to grow and prosper.
Many of you already know me from my quirky, rant filled articles and some have recently been introduced for the first time.
No matter our association please know that I’m forever your girl.
If you need something, anything, feel free to hit me up anytime and I will do my very best to right the wrongs or simply find the answer that you might be looking for.
As for everything else, life, liberty, and the love of NASCAR….this I believe.
I believe in a world where Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans can live in harmony.
I believe in saying “please” and “thank-you” every time.
I believe that I am funny…“for a girl.”
I believe that you can’t have too many pairs of cheap, over-sized sunglasses.
I believe that “it’s ok to cry, crying gets the sad out of you.”
I believe that all NASCAR races should be run at night under the lights.
I believe in saying the “F-word” loud and often.
I believe in the Good Samaritan Law.
I believe that everyone possess kindness and pure evil alike, it is a personal choice as to which path to take.
I believe in taking the long way home.
I believe that it takes balls to wear a mullet in this day and age!
I believe that men at NASCAR races should not go shirtless…ever!
I believe that laughter is infectious and is always life’s best medicine.
I believe in always embracing your inner daredevil!
I believe that you should always speak your mind and apologize profusely every time you put your foot in your mouth!
I believe that listening is so much more than simply hearing.
I believe that my adoration for Tony Stewart makes me a bona-fide “chubby chaser.”
I believe in a thing called love.
I believe in finding a reason to smile every day.
I believe it when my mom says “I’m a good catch.”
I believe in a cat’s right to sleep wherever they damn well please.
I believe in a higher power.
I believe “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” are the sweetest words ever spoken.
I believe a leopard can change it’s spots.
I believe that my dad is the greatest man to walk the earth.
I believe in serving up a nice cup of shut the hell up once in a while.
I believe that true heroes are “ordinary.”
I believe without Diet Dr. Pepper, life as I know it would come to an end.
I believe that last night a DJ saved my life.
I believe in second chances.
I believe that the iPhone “Shazam” app has magical powers.
I believe in being a fierce competitor.
I believe I will still be gracing the grandstands in Richmond when I am old and gray.
I believe that fallen loved ones will always find a way to communicate.
I believe that despite being “old and busted,” I will always be the “new hotness.”
I believe in getting “by with a little help from my friends.”
I believe that I am a modern day Super Hero.
I believe in getting lost in translation.
I believe that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will turn it all around.
I believe that every time I look at the NYC skyline my heart will always break a little.
I believe in empathy, forgiveness, compassion, integrity, humanity, morality, loyalty, and peace.
I believe in truth and consequences.
I believe that paybacks will always be a bitch.
I believe in Southern Hospitality dripping with sugar, syrupy charm.
I believe that “the one who smelt it dealt it!”
I believe in life-long friendships.
I believe in the power of words.
I believe that 43 cars starting in unison on race day is the best adrenaline rush!
I believe in you and me.
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