A True Inspiration - By Stacy Herdman
“Never give up on your
dreams,” instructed Carl Edwards as he accepted his award at the NASCAR
banquet following the breakout season Carl had just concluded. Carl is a
great inspiration to many people, especially to people like me because we
have similar ambitions, backgrounds, and also experiences.
Carl became an inspiration to me because we
both have ambitions of racing stockcars professionally. With this ambition
comes a long, hard road with many successes and struggles. It takes a very
driven, determined, and strong willed person like Carl. To see him succeed
is very motivating.
Most people with the
ambitions such as these are from the Southern states due to the origin of
NASCAR. However, Carl is from the Midwest as am I. For Carl to make his
own opportunities and also sacrificing more to fulfill his dream is very
inspiring to me.
Most importantly, Carl is an inspiration to me
because we have similar racing experiences. Carl is a Babygrand Champion.
Babygrands are nationally sanctioned smaller stockcars in which I am
involved in. Most don’t take our cars seriously, however Carl explains they
contributed profoundly to his racing experience. This gives us a feeling
that we too can fulfill our dreams.
Carl is not only an inspiration to racers, but to
all who think their dreams are too far to grasp. It is when people as
successful as Carl tell us to never give up, that we are reminded that it is
possible to succeed beyond our wildest dreams.