As I may have mentioned, I have a great passion for motor sports, particularly Formula 1. This comes from my parents, both of which were in motor sports before settling down and having yours truly. This past weekend the 2012 Formula 1 Championship was decided on the last few laps of the last race of the season. The last race, and indeed the entire season, was a breathtaking thrill ride of triumph, challenge, heart, and sheer will. It was one of the most exciting Formula 1 seasons in years.
All this being said, the driver I cheer for, Fernando Alonso, did not win the championship. He came in second, with a mere three points separating him from the World Title. All season he has driven impeccably, handling his often tempermental Ferrari with an intuitiveness that calls to mind the horse whisperers of long ago. The last race was no exception, he brought forth from his Prancing Horse the most magnificent drive yet, through the constantly shifting weather, which swung violently between pouring rain and bone dry with the blink of the proverbial eye. It was, however, not his tremendous driving that truly impressed me and touched my heart. It was his reaction when the race was over, standing on the podium after taking second place, knowing he lost the championship, he was a true hero. He spoke of how proud he was of the team, and the car, that they, as a unit, had given one hundred percent, and there was no dishonor in that. He was right. The team took a car that was counted out at the beginning of the season and made it a title contender-they took the challenge and rose to it magnificently. It was not in the glory of a great drive, or a championship title, that I saw my driver for the hero that he is, it was in a moment when you could see the heartbreak on his face, the pain of being so close and yet so far, in which he rose above and showed true dignity and integrity, that I knew what a champion he really is.
It is the same with the characters I write. When I write it is the challenges that make them who they are. The things they go through serve to shed light on their personalities and what is in their hearts. Sometimes as I write, I find a scene hard to write, heartbreaking for my characters, and I realize that just as for Alonso, it is what makes them heroes and gives them a champion's heart. That being said of course, I look forward to the 2013 Formula 1 Season and Alonso winning the Championship.