It’s your birthday today. You would have been 53.
You would have been on Twitter. I would have been a follower, pouring over all the pictures you posted. I would have sent you a message wishing you a happy birthday.
I would have thanked you, innumerable times – for all that you have done for me – an anonymous fan sitting in a far-off country.
I would have told you, how, when life threw me a curve ball, I turned to you – your interviews, your books, your races. Because you taught me to stand up every time I fell. You taught me to face my fears, overcome them, and be who I am.
I would have told you about my Senna Sisters, a wonderful group of women from different parts of the world, from different continents. We have never met, but our love for you, binds us.
I would have told you, each time, every time, how proud I was of Bruno. I think you would have seen BrunosGirls tweet like maniacs every race – F1 or WEC. I would like to think that you would chuckle at our madness.
I would have laughed as you told today’s F1 world, exactly what you thought of them – in that straight up, no-holds-barred, no-nonsense way I love. You never cared what people said. That’s how you felt, and that was that. You had no time for politics. All you wanted to do was race.
I wouldn’t ever tire of telling you that I adored you. I wouldn’t ever tire of telling you that you made me understand motorsports – the way it should be.
Because for me, you are the best. You are the legend.
Today, though, all I can say is I miss you. You have left an emptiness, this gaping hole. I have learned to live with it. But my heart skips a beat, every time I see a green and yellow helmet on the racetrack. All I can do then, is wish that things were different.
Today, though, all I can say is I am thankful that I know you. Happy Birthday Ayrton. You are my hero.
What does Ayrton Senna really mean to you? Send me a photograph, an illustration, or a short write-up of about 50-100 words at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post all of them on May 1, 2013. This is just my way of remembering a hero, a true legend.