Man does not live by bread alone!
But not everybody races at the 'pointy end' and, indeed, it is the majority who race without lofty expectations but purely for the love of it. It is often asked why some would continually enter races, particularly those endurance events ranging from 100 km to 24 hours where pain and suffering is guaranteed and there is no financial reward or prize at the end. The answer is not 42...the answer is the passion, the occasion, the challenge and the love of what they do and what they achieve for themselves. This fact alone make racing worthwhile and consequently individual lives are enriched. For this reason, the hoards of 'weekend warriors' clearly outnumber those racing for podium glory.
Living in the Western World, with all its advancement, technology and opportunities is a blessing we should all make the most of. No matter how esoteric the ultimate goal, the fact is that later in life the time devoted to a person's individual passion will enable that individual to look back on their existence with a sense of pride and satisfaction, safe in the knowledge that they did as much as they could in the relatively short time they were given to inhabit this wonderful planet.