It’s been over four months since I’ve last written a blog on this website. As I’m writing this, I’ve recently renewed it for a third year.

Hopefully, I can add more of my media works here which I’m here to discuss about.

So Luis, how’s life after traveling to seven states in a span of a month?

Tell us about covering that historic Dodgers game Indy 500?

Did you get a ROI (return on investment)?

You’ve know accomplished the one long-term goal, what’s next?

To answer those respective four questions: Awkward, life changing, private matter and fearful.

I’ll get into the grand details later this month because this blog is focusing on the rest of 2021.

Career Implications

When there’s a series of setbacks, certain things become better when there’s an optimistic outlook.

First of all, I’m beyond thrilled I’ve gotten to travel to several states for the first time. I finally got to create media content at Indianapolis. That’ll never be taken away.

In fact, I’m one a few that got to be on-site for both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 this year. Not many can say that and I’m forever grateful.

I’ve also learned quite a lot such as sidewalks being non-existent in the Carolinas, trees galore in Minnesota, and you don’t mess with San Francisco’s chilly conditions.

But the biggest thing for me is “facing the music.”

As much as I love doing what I do, those being covering racing in-person and capturing amazing shots. Problem is, can I continue doing this with a shoestring budget?

This leads to my latest life announcement, I’m going back to the “mundane life” for multiple reasons.

Realistic Mindset: C.R.E.A.M.

Life is feeling like a flight. Intense!

The bills are racking up and newer payments will arrive real soon. If I’m going to do at least six more race weekends, I must make money.

Those six weekends at the moment are Nashville, Portland, Laguna Seca and Long Beach (INDYCAR) & Texas and Phoenix (NASCAR).

I have some money saved, but I’d rather not touch that section yet.

Additionally, I’m still paying bills dating back to 2019. For those who don’t know me enough, I’m a guy that pays extra or double. Problem is I haven’t been able to pay above the minimum fee over the past year.

To make things more intense, I’m taking driving classes over the next few weeks. Aiming to take my second driver’s test next month, praying I’ll pass it once and for all. Bluntly, if I’m going to ever get my damn license and I must get it now!

When I finally overcome that ultimate burden, insurance and getting a car becomes the next hurdle. Won’t be easy, but it’s a good problem to have.

Finally, more or less to see if there’s life after media, I’m heading overseas next July. Call me insane, people have in the past, but you can see why I need to scale back a bit.

At this rate, it’s a necessity heading back into a putrid path to get where I need to be. Being on a bind isn’t healthy and it’s one of the biggest takeaways I’ve learned thus far in my journeyman media career.

Don’t be on a bind!

What About My Working Ethic?

Midnight after the 500 hits different. Hold on, everything about Indianapolis Motor Speedway hits different.

I turn 27 this October and after doing this thing since 2018, now it’s the time to re-evaluate. With a possible mundane job in the works, my works will primarily be on weekends.

It doesn’t mean my content for Motorsports Tribune and The Podium Finish is over. I’m far from done because the tide is waving positively.

One thing nobody should dispute is still passionate on bringing content when time allows. Quality has been one craft I’ve been trying to polish this year. Still got work to do, but I’m not throwing the towel.

Self-aware that time is against me because I may either work during the morning or take night shifts. That’ll happen when trying to have financial stability.

In an ideal world, I’d rather be making a living in shooting photos, writing about racing or do anything sports related. More importantly, earn the trust of others where I can really grow as a journalist.

This goes with local opportunities as well and can probably seek weekend gigs. If anything else, build my portfolio and capture images that suits the subject matter. Door is always open to create content!

Just not right now on weekdays. Summer of ’21 should be a time for fun, but I have to be patient. That’s the million dollar word – PATIENT!

People think going to those races is a “vacation.” It’s not! Over time, I’m super picky on how I handle my days.

If time allows to explore new areas, it’ll work itself out. But once I’m at the track, it’s business as usual. That’ll never change.

Just have to play the patient game until further notice. Morally, it’ll sting but it could save my sanity.

Must Keep Pushing Through

Not going to lie, I really like this shot due to its symbolism. Just wish the bird is me rather than the plant, but with courage and determination, hope roles change.

While this chapter in my life isn’t what I want, it must be done.

These next two months will certainly make or break how the rest of 2021 will pan out. The most I can do is thrive in the mundane life, deliver big on my media works and continue being wise.

As I said already, nothing that I’ve fulfilled can be taken away from me. Right now, I’m just going through a series of necessary hurdles to continue my journey.

Took me five years to make it to Indy. What’s two-plus months going to do to me?

Physically, mentally and emotionally develop into the best version I can become. Easier said than done, but it’s doable.

Hope you guys continue supporting my journey through the outlets I write for. Also, if you’d like to be a part of my Patreon, I’d appreciate it. Content will grow, but any support makes the smallest things easier.

For now, I’m going to do what I can to work on becoming a better version of myself. Praying it’ll bode well and look back someday with fondness rather than bitterness.

Until we meet again, doubt me if you insist! Prove me wrong if I give consent!

Published by Luis Torres

University of Idaho graduate that's currently pursuing the dream of becoming a motorsports media personnel.

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