|Harrison looking right at home behind the wheel
of Grandpa’s prized possession: The Charger
This weekend past, I made good with my 2011 motto of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, and tackled one of my long held fears face on: driving a long distance – solo. (Unless the cranky kid in the back seat counts as a passenger. Unfortunately though he was anything but helpful).
|Next challenge – Dad’s motorbike???|
But what I have learned from this personally momentous automobile achievement this weekend is that I am actually capable of much more than I give myself credit for. And that parenting essentially makes you well prepared to be an excellent driver. They are so similar in execution – so many things to concentrate on at once, eyes constantly in roaming mode, not able to miss a single thing. So while I am not sticking my hand in the air to volunteer to do it again anytime soon, at least I’ll sleep a little easier in the lead up next time around – as long as Ms Daisy seated behind me sees fit to stop his backseat driving…
Fox in the City says
Ah so cute! Driving by myself for long distances does not bother me but add the two kids into the mix and I am more that just a bit anxious.
Good for you for overcoming your anxiety and just doing it!
Yay I’m not alone! I’ve only been driving for four years. I really didn’t want to but I have to choice. I still don’t like it. It doesn’t help that my car is manual and has no power steering and no left mirror.
Fussy Eater's Mum says
I love driving, which is good because Fussy Farm is 2 hours from civilisation. I cannot stand to be a passenger and get anxiety attacks at the thought of public transportation. But I totally agree with your point about driving being like parenting. So much to focus on to keep the ride smooth!
I don’t like driving either…but at least you drive!
I don’t even have my license. But I am going to change too and start to go driving and try and get my license by the end of the year.
I love driving. And if both kids are asleep or have a dummy, it’s kinda like “me time” with the radio on singing along.
However, long distance? Well, I had planned on driving Adel-Melb next month with the kids (2 under 2)… chickened out. I’ll wait until Oct when hubby’s coming too!!
Toushka Lee says
well done. I love to drive. by myself, long distances. but inner city driving drives me nuts. I’m also much more fearful when I have the kids in the car.