Driving taught me…

keep going

I promised myself to learn at least one new thing a year. Last year I learned how to swim, and that’s pretty much a milestone for me since I used to be terrified when bodies of water are involved. I thought that I wasn’t making the most of everything so I pledge to keep learning new things, basically to keep growing. This summer I’m into driving. My sister and I’s seven-day driving course ended yesterday. I wanted to tell you, reader about it ever since we started the lesson, but the schedule didn’t let me. I woke up and headed there way too early for the past week, and once I arrived home, I’m one tired porcupine. We’re driving an automatic car and I think that’s what makes it as easy as pie for us. We’ve had two instructors and they’re both expert, I must say. Our first instructor was a perfectionist of some sort, and I couldn’t help not to feel tensed, but what’s good is that I learned in less than half an hour. The second one, Sir Joey, was real witty in his own way that we pretty much laugh every day inside the car while driving. He never ran out of words to say, be it about encouragement, jokes, and whatnot. It feels amazing, how something that once seemed so foreign to you, now feels like you’re doing it ever since you became aware of it.

Driving taught me..

  • ..that I must not do things on impulse. Lives are at stake, and they’re something that cannot be returned once lost.
  • ..that it’s better to do things slowly if you’re not ready yet, rather than be sorry in the end.
  • ..that there will be uneven surfaces, and you cannot just stop just because it becomes hard.
  • ..that patience is the key. The destination can be nowhere in sight at the moment, but just wait, keep on driving, keep the patience in place, and you’ll get there in no time.
  • ..that sometimes it doesn’t matter who got to a certain place first. Sometimes what matters is whether you got there or not.
  • ..that nothing’s boring when you have people you dearly treasure riding with you.
  • ..that sometimes it’s not about getting there in the end. It’s about the longevity of the ride and what happened in that span of time.
  • ..that there will always be twist and turns and I have to get used to that, or else I’ll be lost.

And last but definitely not the least, I was taught to not stop. Keep going. It’s worth it.

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. — Walt Disney Company


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