It starts out loud, so strap yourself in. Watch the 3-minute video and then we’ll talk.
Ken Micheli is a second-generation rice farmer. At age 76, his body isn’t what it used to be and he spends much of his free time taking care of his wife who suffers from Alzheimer’s. During long days driving tractor, he dreams of his real passion, dirt track auto racing at the local speedway. While some think racing is too dangerous for a man of his age, Ken’s son Matt insists that the thrill of racing is the one thing that keeps his father alive.
When filmmaker Kevin Gordon offered me this short film for my blog, my first thought was annoyance. See, I don’t believe in elevating older people based on how well they imitate youth. Racing is definitely a young person’s game. When we celebrate older people just because they look or act like younger people, the standard of excellence is youth. And that diminishes us.
This is a kick-ass older dude, a guy with a big heart who refuses to give up. In that he is so inspiring, I wanted to share his story with you. It made me happy, and I hope it does for you as well.
I’m going to watch it again, with the sound up.