Alright, this time you’ll get a “real” post, but next time I promise you’ll have more photos. 😀 I know you guys just *love* reading my rambling thoughts, so I figured I’d make you all feel so special and give you a regular post. 😉
So while we were in Colorado visiting my grandparents, my dad put two things together. 1), my grandparents have a huge field as their backyard with virtually no important landscaping. 2) that my grandparents also own stick shifts. Guess what that added up to? Driving practice! (…yay…I think…..)
See, we only have automatic cars (fine with me!), and so I’ve learned how to drive with those. I’ve been doing pretty good with those…and then my dad introduced the stick shift. Um. 😯
Haha it was really fun, but really hard! I’ve officially decided I do NOT like stick shifts, and I really hope I can get an automatic as my first car. I don’t know how many times I stalled that car, or how many times I almost sent us into the fence because I was pushing on the gas too hard before releasing the clutch. That coordination thing just wasn’t working for this girl.
Beside it being hard to get started, my dad had to admit once I was going, I was able to smoothly transition between 1st and 2nd – most times. Don’t mention 3rd. I didn’t quite get there; I usually got stuck in neutral and the car stalled. At least the Lord gave me the ability to switch between the first two gears – that’s a start, right? Exactly. I just know you’re nodding.
It was really fun. I liked it – for fun, but thinking about driving a stick shift in traffic terrifies me. Well, driving in traffic with an automatic terrifies me as well – but that’s beside the point. 😛
I felt kind of bad when we came back inside and my dad asked for some Tylenol. I was like, “really? C’mon, no way!” But apparently he really did have a headache from all jerking and stalling. Oh well…hopefully I’ll eventually get better. I don’t like stick shifts. Just want to say that again. Haha I’ve had a lot of people say, “It’s a life skill you have to know…” and I believe them – I just don’t like driving it.
You know, I was thinking, and figured driving a stick shift can kind of be like life. At times it’s hard to get started, but the Lord gives you just the right coordination and energy to get it going. When you first get going, it seems pretty easy to shift gears and drive (just like remembering to do your devotions and putting God first)…but after a while, you’ll try to shift to a different gear and get stuck…eventually stalling. You may have tried to do something on your own, or didn’t ask the Lord about it first, and it didn’t turn out so well. Or something happened completely out of your control, and the car stalled with what seems like no reason at all. It might seem impossible to start again. But once you slow down, and think, the Lord will give you the coordination, and you’ll start back up like there wasn’t a problem in the first place. At least, that’s what it seems like to me. Kind of interesting, huh?
So I’ll stick with the automatic for right now and tackle traffic eventually. 😉 Do you have any driving experiences to share? Stories? What do you think of stick shifts; how’d you learn to drive them? Or if you’re learning now, what do you think?