Hitting the Wall

The right side of Regan Smith's car after qualifying for the Daytona 500. Tom Burton/Orlando Sentinel©

At the Daytona International Speedway when you hit the wall, there’s no hiding it. At the very least, there is scraped paint.  Sometimes bent metal or a wrecked car.

In “creative” works we tend to hide the mistakes. Newspaper photographers are especially adept at this. The bad frames are ditched.

Race car drivers don’t celebrate the mistakes that lead to wrecks, but they know it’s part of the game. They don’t let those wrecks stop them from driving again. Mistakes are part of the process.

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