I knew that I was in for a good time when I decided to head to Italy for the MINI International Meeting being held in Mugello, Tuscany. MINI’s are the most fun, playful cars on the road, and let’s be honest: anything taking place in Tuscany is going to be off the charts experience-wise. With the emerald Tuscan hills and deep forest green Cypress trees set as the backdrop, the location for IMM 2013 was breathtaking.
As several thousand classic and current MINI owners paraded in through the hills of Mugello for 72 hours of community, the energy was electric. Windows and tops were down, the Tuscan sun was shining, music was blaring and everyone was smiling. Each car bore its European license plate or a flag showing where it came from– many owners drove thousands of kilometers and camped out for days to be a part of this.
With such a rich history and a spirit of independence and spontaneity, this was far more than a ‘car club’– it was an extended family of people who love life. An attitude of openness and adventure filled the place, and it made me really want to buy my own MINI and join the fam! I think I’d go for this one in hot pink.
Today, I encourage you to step in to life in a new way and do something you’ve always wanted to do: plan a cross-country road trip with friends or go to a music festival or a sporting event you’ve always wanted to attend. Check something fun off your life list. It can be a big dream, like going to the 2014 World Cup held in Rio de Janeiro. Or you can start on a smaller scale and join a local club or group to do something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time now, like running a triathlon. Whatever it is, I challenge you to start now– to live full out and to invest your time and energy into having experiences in this life. Life is short! The experiences we have are truly the only things we can take with us, so get out there and do something uncharted.