By Marcin Zalewski, UCR member, Photos by Marcin and Dina Zalewski (from Provinz June 2014 page 23)
“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life” – Les Brown
Growing up, the word Porsche was always synonymous with quality, and luxury. I remember as a child looking out the rear windows of our family car and getting extremely excited every time I saw a Porsche, and asking my father what kind of Porsche it was. Seems as a child I had developed expensive taste as I was always drawn to the beauty of the 911, something I must have inherited from my father and his love for the car.
My parents and I immigrated to Canada when I was three to escape communism. They left everything they had, other than what fit into a suitcase and their pockets, including all of their family, so that I could have a better life here. I mention this because I didn’t have a lavish lifestyle, but I did have extremely hard-working parents who did everything they could to provide for us, and through that they instilled the life lessons of setting goals and working hard in achieving those goals. These are lessons that stuck with me throughout my life.
Owning a Porsche 911 was a dream, but one that I eventually set as a goal for myself. My wife learned this in the early stages of our relationship, as every conversation of engagement and marriage ended in a comparison between the “cost” of a ring and a wedding against the “investment” in a 911 and a dream.
When I finally did propose to my beautiful wife, the 911 even made its way into my proposal to her. I always told her there was an order of importance and priority in things for me, that being: purchasing a home, purchasing a Porsche and then getting married. When I got down on one knee, I told her that I had gone out and bought myself a Porsche. I pulled a toy 911out of my pocket and explained that in order to propose I had to buy the Porsche first. She had made the best decision of her life in saying yes, but that still left me short a goal in life.
In February of 2013, I finally accomplished my goal, in owning a gorgeous 2006 Porsche 911 4S Cabriolet, but also in achieving another goal in showing my parents that their dream of giving me a better life here in Canada had also come true.
Since then, I have made many modifications to my 911. I slowly pieced together many Techart parts among others and made my 911 my own.
Dreams and goals are what give our lives purpose.
Thank you Porsche!