Ride of the Week: What’s it like driving into the NEW YEAR?

We had a pretty eventful 2018, folks. 

There was a lot of change, disaster coping and shifts. But, in all this, Malibu prospers and it’s important to know why.

In the physical world, we are surrounded by beauty in many forms, from the ocean to the skies to the hills. But back in the ’50s, people didn’t want to be here. At least, most people. The drive into town was just too much. But those that were true Malibuites (like Bill Armstrong), knew that Malibu’s gift existed in the moment — the moment you let things go and became present.

Many of us hardcore Malibuites get it. We’ve been here a long time and don’t plan on going anywhere else. It’s central now to everything. Hollywood, the Val, car shows, 385 Starbucks. If you do it right, you can live and breathe the ’Bu. We do, and have since 1980. But going into 2019, it’s not enough to have resolutions. Resolutions are like diets. They work for a bit, but you really don’t want to be on one. So, over time, they disappear.

Malibuites embrace change. And change is what makes us strong. At least, it’s about how we perceive change. It’s not good or bad, but how we look at it moves it forward. So, if you’re a car guy or girl, change things up a bit. Hit some shows that you don’t normally hit, like the Petersen Museum, Grand National Roadster Show or Benedict Castle Car Show. Embrace change and it will reward you with new experiences. Use PCH north and south as a road to new adventures.

Ride of the Week is generally about someone with a cool car, but sometimes it’s about what you do with your cool car. Get out there. Hike. Meet people. Share your stories of success, passion, hope and excitement for 2019. In “Blade Runner,” 2019 was dismal, dark and dirty, but we managed to not become that. In fact, beauty is alive and well and you have to get that cool car out there and grab some of it.

I make my living doing automotive coloring books and our TV show. And I choose that because I’m living my passion. It’s my calling since I was a child. Have you found yours? Do you jump out of bed every morning excited for the day and what you’ll do with it? I do. If that’s not the case for you, then make 2019 the year when it happens. Find your calling. Don’t let another day go by living a life that is half full when you can embrace change and set a new life in motion.

This can happen in an instant. Get in and drive somewhere new. 

SoCal is filled with automotive gold. In every direction. It’s free. It costs nothing but your time. If you’re stressed or have doubts about something, let it go. Take a chance, get out there and then let me know what you did so I can make you an official 2019 Ride of the Week.

Life is a gift and every moment you spend wasting it will not come back. Want to take a trip? Go! Want to have a relationship? Go! Want to experience something new? Then go!

From Newport Beach to Solvang, there are hundreds of car shows and events to visit and experience. If you’re not sure where to go, visit my website (fireballtim.com) and I’ll help, but one thing is for sure: when you do the same things, you get the same thing. Do something different, and life begins.

Have a great 2019, my friends! And I hope to see you on PCH!

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