Monday, May 20, 2013

The Driving Conundrum

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I have a dirty little secret. I don't drive.

This isn't something that I like to tell people. Hardly anybody understands the level of fear that I have when getting behind the wheel. At first it was an unfounded phobia, but as I've grown older I've known more and more people who have lost their lives in car accidents.

Like with anything in life, practice makes perfect. But what about the stretch of time before I reach perfection? In order to face my fear, I have to put myself and others in danger.At least that's how I see it. I wish I still felt the invincibility that I felt when I was 15 years old. That's when I actually wanted to drive!

At 31 years old, this is becoming ridiculous. How can I start a family and cart my children around without a car? I don't live in NYC with stellar public transportation and I certainly can't afford a personal driver! Something's gotta give.

What are you struggling with right now?

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7 comments:

  1. I was in the same situation as you find yourself. It wasn't until we had our first child 18 years ago that my husband forced me to get my drivers license. I felt sick to my stomach each and every time I was behind the wheel - it was horrible! Our town is very small (pop 3200). But in time I became more confident and my nervousness diminished for drives around town. However, I still can't drive on the highways around here... the fear is too severe (we have simple hwys - not like the city freeways!). I feel for ya, but would encourage you to go small and simple... it is a great freedom and independance!

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    1. Children do make driving a necessity. I just wish I had a smaller city to learn in. Los Angeles driving is awful!

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  2. I don't drive either, I had a bad car accident on my first time out driving and it put me off for a long time. I started again when I was pregnant and failed twice! I felt a thorough lack of confidence and gave up.
    I often think I should start up again, maybe one day! :)

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    1. I'm so sorry, Rachel :( I totally understand your fear, though. One day we'll do it! If you do, come back and let me know!!!

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  3. Oh Jen, you know that I am in the same boat as you. Nothing, and I mean nothing terrifies me more than driving. It is my personal goal to get my license before I turn 33. My birthday is in August, so I have to just put on my big girl panties and meet my biggest fear head on.

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    1. I didn't know you still don't have your license. See world, it's not just me! Drivers just don't get it, and it makes me feel terrible.

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  4. yeah so many people look at me like I'm an alien when I tell them I don't drive. They have no idea what its like to be afraid of driving. I can't explain it to anyone who doesn't share the same fear.

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