F0ul Thoughts

Mild mannered on the outside, Free thinker on the inside

Motorcycle Racer is Killed while Racing

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This week has seen 4 deaths in competitive racing.

Shoya Tomizawa, Jamie Adam ,Chris Bradshaw & Peter Lenz all died in races between the 29th of August and the 5th of September 2010.

While the world will remember their names for a short time, and wonder at their decision to race, the drive to take risks is natural.

When Dave Jeffries, the Manx TT racer, was killed in 2003, the following poem was read out at his funeral. It explains why.

ONLY A PERSON WHO RISKS IS FREE
by Author Unknown

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach for another is to risk involvement.
To expose your ideas, your dreams,
before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To believe is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the
greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The people who risk nothing, do nothing,
have nothing, are nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they cannot learn, feel, change,
grow, love, live.
Chained by their attitudes they are slaves;
they have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.

Great words to live by?

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Written by f0ul

September 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Posted in Motorbikes, Personal

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