what’s your reaction time like?
in drag racing it is all about your reaction time and how you get off the start line, so it is essential to know how you are going to react when you see the light go green. most of the time you have to be prepared to go before the light goes green because it happens so quickly. well I was able to experience this for the first time this weekend because my dad and I attended a drag racing event that allowed us to race our car with passengers, which is unheard of. our reaction time got tested later in the day on the way home when our hood came flying up and ripped off the hinge because the pins that hold the hood down were not in.
after the incident happened with our hood I was reflecting on how important reaction and timing is when facing troubling circumstances or trauma. I am not saying the hood popping up and dislodging from its hinges was traumatic but it was something that we were not ready for and it was startling. If we reacted in an irrational way then we would have done something that would have been much more dangerous. When something happens to us that startles us we need to know how we are going to react. We can not know every circumstance in our life but we can know our selves. How do you handle stresses or something that pops up all of a sudden and catches you off guard. Often our response can be worry, anger, denial, frustration, or even fear. if we know why we react the way we do then we would have a better idea what our reaction might be.
the reaction time is a process. Just like in drag racing there are multiple steps that take place before the most important part of the race is over with. You do not just go up to the light and hit the pedal when the light goes green. There is preparation that needs to happen before hand, then there is patience, and things to test, and then having the right time with the pedal and light and it still is not over after that. Well it is pretty similar to the things that catch us off guard and scare us or hurt us. We need time to process. There are things we have to go through to make sure we take care of the upsetting event, so that we do not crash and burn.
The reaction time is not just the short time after the big event happens. Your reaction opens up the depth of how the event has impacted you. signs of unhealthy reactions would be if you just blow off the event as if nothing happen or the devastation of the hurt goes on for a long period of time. When we burn ourselves we react really quickly but the pain from a bad burn last for a long time and we have to constantly keep nurturing the wound. Well the same thing happens when something surprising happens, like a hood flying off a car. Slow down pull over assess the situation and see what you need to continue on to reach your goal. There will be damage and battle scars, but once things are assessed and you are able to get rolling again then you process what happen and figure out the things that upset you or the things that you are grateful for. In our case we were happy the hood was fiberglass and we were able to put it back on and carefully drive it back home and talk about the damage that was done.
Here are some steps from my reflection:
1 take time to know and understand how you are going to react . it starts with knowing and understanding yourself, so that you are prepared
2 be gentle when something startling happens
3 stop, take some time to assess the situation
4 check in with your goals and see what you can do with what you have to start working towards that goal
5 fix what you can, but don’t do an overhaul.
6take some time to process find the positives and negatives
7 reassess the damage at a later time
The battle scars and shock are not gone after the dust settles. A startling event will have left reverberating damage, we will have to be honest with ourselves in the how and why we reacted the way we did. once we see the why the when, how and what do not seem as intimidating or scary. Reaction times vary person to person and situation to situation, but one thing is clear that the more time you put into understanding the reaction time the better the race will go. This does not mean there will be no pain or hurt but means the damage will not be as catastrophic. The Cuda(the car my dad and I built) sustained only minor damage to the paint and the hood will have to be repaired. It will take work to get back to where it was before but it opens the Dorr to learn many more lessons.