The second event I went to on my ten day trip to Florida was OSW Spring Break Bash. I had had so much fun attending OSW Black Friday, I was determined to make the trip again for another event asap. I had been looking forward to this because it was marking the start of the drift season for me, my calendar was filling out and I was on my way to checking out a lot of events and tracks I had never shot at before. However, right before OSW SBB, it started to become clear that many events I had planned to attend were going to be canceled due to the rapidly spreading Coronavirus. Going into this weekend with that knowledge, I wanted to be sure I had as much fun as I could, because I suddenly realized I didn’t know when I’d be able to do something like this again.
It might sound strange or a little cheesy, but the past two years I feel like I’ve really found myself within the community. I spent many of my first years shooting drifting and feeling very much on the outside. I’m shy, I’m introverted, and I have a hard time opening up and being comfortable around people. This is something that I have been working on since I started streaming towards the end of 2017, and I attribute streaming with helping me become a more outgoing and social person. Over the last year, I’ve worked hard to put myself out there more, to hang out at the track and talk to people more, when in the past I would immediately leave and sit in my hotel room or car to avoid social interaction. It’s a weird and amazing feeling to feel included and accepted, or to just feel OK being around people, when I’ve spent so much time feeling the opposite, which is what has made this trip and the past year so rewarding for me.
Check out my gallery from the weekend below, here’s looking forward to the next event I’ll be able to shoot, whenever that is. <3