When You Add, You Must Also Subtract

As a kid I did alright when it came to math, but I was no genius either. You learn that two plus two equals four and that when you subtract you must take away. The teachers would always throw a tricky one in that went like two plus four minus two equals what. I always had to take a second to see through the trick until I got it, but thankfully I would get it.


Now at this moment you are probably asking, “What in the heck does this have to do with anything?” Well, actually it has to do with everything in life. As much as we may have not paid attention in math class, we must understand now that the numbers are real and apply directly to our lives. Apart from finances, math adds and subtracts a lot from our everyday living and I will explain how.

This past summer I raced what I thought was probably my last season of professional motocross, and then again I have been in recent talks about pursuing it once again this coming summer. But as much as I examine the current situation as well as my love for racing, there is something missing from the equation. As I get older it seems like either time is running out, or I have a lot more on my plate than I used to; the latter tells the truth.

With age comes responsibility (at least for some) and with the increase of responsibility means a decrease in other such things. For one instance I can not play games on the Xbox like I used too, if at all in any given week. Between work, family and a couple of side projects I have calculated my extra time as equaling little to none.

Now some of you who are reading this probably got somewhat of an idea of where I am going with this. And for those that are lost in space, bear with me a moment. Time has remained close to the same for around 14 billion years now and so one must exclude the idea that time is going away (unless we are speaking about the return of Jesus Christ but that is for another time). One must conclude the simple fact that as you add you must subtract.

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.'” (Luke 9:62 NKJV).

I have finally come to the realization myself with racing that, professionally speaking, I can no longer pursue this type endeavor due to the fact that my time is full of work, family and extra work. The same thing applies to all the aging guys and gals out there that are trying to maintain a certain standard of living when your life is changing. My advice to you is simple, “Let it go and embrace!” Sometimes this simple gesture is the only thing that can keep us somewhat sane in an insane world and reality we live in.

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When we age and add on to our lives we must subtract and let go of the things that no longer pertain to our goals, or that are no longer beneficial to our current standing in life. When you add you must subtract. Let it go and embrace the new area of life that the good Lord has put you in as the Lord has placed you there for a reason to help you grow and learn and bring glory to Him. We only have so much time in a day as well as in this life, so let us live it to the fullest while utilizing our time and resources and seeking quality over quantity. God bless!

-Michael Thacker

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