A man and his legacy left behind

Came 2006, i was rejuvenated so was Michael. Both were raring to go. Although, i had very less to lose, but it was a challenge in itself.

To be fair, it was easy for me in the sense, i was not depending much on people. Well, Michael had his team, he had to motivate his team along with him. That was the challenge for him.

It started off not so good, I didn’t qualify at the IIT-M fest (Saarang) in Sports and Ent Quiz.
I was confident of putting up a good show along with my pal.
Well, i was disappointed but the trip was good fun for me. I just witnessed, the best among the quizzers in India. Best part was, i had my pal Anu, who was part of that league and sitting pretty high.

For me, it was a setback personally. In hindsight it was good. I prepared hard and was ready with my Sports quiz. Well, it was a test for me and i was ready for it. In fact confident.
It was satisfying at the end of 4 years, i got my reward, The Sports quiz was appreciated.

Michael had not so great races initially and he was trailing. He came back to his best at Imola and the highlight was the way he tailored the brakes of Alonso behind him. It was Pay Back time. Exactly opposite happened in 2005.

Somewhere mid-way through the season, Michael lost ground and was 34 points behind Alonso.
Now, what to do??? This cant happen twice in a row, I thought, being a die-hard fan.

Just when everyone in the world, including me gave up on him winning the championship, one person rose. He was the LAST ACTION HERO. He was ready for the action. Race after race he grew stronger and stronger and with two races to go, he was equal with Alonso in points.

The best part was, i stopped having expectations on him winning races and hence i could enjoy his victories even more and also the disappointing Japanese Grand Prix later in the year.

Sadly he, announced his retirement at the end of 2006 season after winning an emotional Italian GP at Monza.

Final two races of his career turned out to be anti-climax,
At the end of it all, he lost the championship due to mechanical failures in successive races. Talk about destiny, his last engine failure was on a dull Sunday of July 2000 at the French Grand Prix.

I did not worry about what happened. But it was little sad, probably, this is how life goes.

Michael, the way he took those twin blows is worth praising. He had absolutely no complaints about his car, he simply stressed to the media, when asked to comment about the car, ” the same car gave me 5 championships in a row, why complain??”, he replied.

There are good moments and there are not so good moments. One needs to accept it as fast as possible and move on. It was a sport after all.

And in general, life is short after all.

To me, the above incident gave me and everyone an insight about a man, who lived his dreams. He was happy to end his career on a losing team but a fighting team.

He won and certainly he did conquer everyone by his racing at the Brazilian GP and his last over taking maneuvere on Kimi, was the perfect way of showing his supplant that, he’s still the King when it comes to dominating on the track. His aura was something which we call “The Michael Magic”.

He did quit on the track, which produced many great drivers none better than Aryton Senna, who would have been proud to have seen Michael, the way he raced on that day(22-10-06).
His final day as a driver in Formula1.

If at all, one thing which needs to highlighted is the spirit of hope. The hope which ignited many Italians and Michael’s fans worldwide.
For all the people, who were struggling to come to terms in life, he lighted the candle of hope. From no where, he reached to a position of becoming a champion again. He didn’t eventually, but better than the way he lost in 2005.

It gave me an opportunity to acknowledge whatever i had and it made me realize a lot of things. One of them is to concentrate on giving my best not only when things are going well, but to be in the same spirit when things were to be the opposite.

Problems are with everyone, the way one deals with it, separates pros from the rest.

It was fabulous me having my own journey parallely with Michael.

His ruthlessness and his one lap runs were a treat to watch. At the same time he managed to have control over himself. Awesome!!!

I always dreamt of being a Schumacher, being ruthless in the things i love, and to be the best with the things i loved doing. Well, all i can say, i did get an opportunity. Or at least i think it was….

If conducting UTPT Sports quiz-06 was like taking a pole position much to my delight…… Here comes ………
“Winning on 22nd April at BMS with my great friend Anu alongside me, felt like winning a Grand Prix just the way Michael did or would have loved to do”.

It was a team effort, with Anu constantly encouraging me, but …. With me being ruthless as ever, on that day, all i did was , paid a tribute to my idol who wouldn’t be around the way he was all these years.

With me passing out of college and moving into my next phase, it was great and my previlage to have seen and more importantly learnt from a person who did most things right.

Like all people, even he committed mistakes. But he corrected them and became a better person.

Like Sir Don Bradman, people will remember Michael the way he ended his career.
I guess, it happens to the ultimate inspirational guides. Sachin not winning the World Cup, Pete Sampras not winning the French Open and many more people like this leaving a void in their illustrious career.

I am in tears, writing this, because words cannot explain the impact he had on me.
Well, i am little emotional, hey, this is how i am. My strength mostly, and weakness, very little by being emotional, in the way i do things which i love.

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them
into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals”

Thanks to this winner, I can enjoy my journey of life, a beautiful life indeed.

People asked- “What’s Michael gotta give”- This would be it, at least for me.

What’s Michael Gotta give??

If there was anything in 2005 to Michael Schumacher, it was seeing his rivals go past him and disappear into the distance. To be frank, he gave his best, but his machine wasn’t up to the mark and ultimately it made him look like a miser in spite of his royal stature as a world champion.

Following my idol since many years, i was not ready to accept this sudden change in fortunes but like all legends, he just took it by his stride. It was his worst year or to say was going to be his worst in his illustrious career. One can’t rest on past laurels. One needs to strive hard to maintain. Its easy to lose, like we saw in 2005 season. It was not that he fell for the occasion, his opponents rose to the occasion.

It was for me, this time around i did lose my focus because of some goof up in my academics. I was confident though, but sometimes, results mattered more than confidence. You don’t win just by having confidence. Having confidence is like a consolation to the people who didn’t quite make it.
I managed to clear, thanks to my self-belief, but my idol couldn’t. He was helpless.
One thing, i learnt from this guy was, He didn’t complain when things were going wrong for him, instead he was keen on improving himself and hoping things could turn this way. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
To be frank, his attitude helped me a great deal. I was just being quiet, not reacting to what happened, instead concentrated on what i had, trust me, this was the beginning for me.

I just went about my business and i started enjoying this new phase of my life. I started accepting things which came my way without doubting some of the decisions. If i wasn’t clear, i made sure i got answers to it.

I had failed, and first thing i did was to accept this fact. I didn’t lie to myself, it was tough comforting myself initially. I turned to this guy and i was convinced to go his way.
He had failed as well and he was the first person to acknowledge this fact.

Towards the end of the season, it didn’t change for my champion. But things changed, for the better and it was for me not for him.

The attitude with which he took this disappointment was something which i wanted to imbibe.
He knew he was the champion, just because he failed, it didn’t tarnish his self-confidence.
He had enough time to recollect his past deeds and be contend with what he had.
At the same time, if given an opportunity, he would be the first to seize it.

My life changed or to say started to evolve in a different way than previous to it.
I didn’t know whether it was right way or not, but i was enjoying this process of evolution within me.

The year ended, with a hope to win his 8th title and for me, i was just hoping, i shall continue enjoying this new found path.

2006 looked promising, i , like Michael, believed in going out there and do my best.

It was a forgotten story to most of them, but for me, it was it was the first stop.
First Pit-stop to put it in a better way on my road to success.