One of my biggest fears is driving. Put me behind the wheel, and fear begins to tremble through me. What if someone hit me? Worse yet, what if I hit another car or person? Anxiety grows stronger with each mile that I go forward.
However, most days I drive to classes along long stretches of highway. Ice, snow, rain, and darkness might add extra stress and time to my commute, but I face each trip with courage. Cars may be a huge trigger for me, but my determination to have excellent education wins out over my fear. Plus, there are some positives about driving.
So for Thankfulness Thursday, I decided to focus on the good parts about cars and driving. After all, even the worst of things have a smidgen of positivity in them. As difficult as this list is, it is important for me to remember as I journey home tonight.
433. Rapidly getting somewhere – Cars certainly speed up our lives. That has negative consequences but also many positive ones. Without driving, I probably would not be able to go to school or see many friends.
434. Listening to the radio – Doing this helps me to feel sane and relaxed with I drive. CDs are also great to listen to in the car.
435. Other drivers – People complain about bad drivers all of the time. However, most are willing to help a girl who is stuck in a snowdrift or trying to merge onto a busy freeway. Thanks to all of the amazing people out there who have helped me out in big and small ways!
436. Freedom to escape – Driving gives you the freedom to get away from home, school, or other situations. We all need a break sometimes, and leaving by car can help put distance between yourself and current stress.
437. Shiny, clean cars – They are so beautiful! Thanks to my mom for when she washes our cars.
438. Slug-a-Bugs – Little Volkswagon Beetles are my favorite type of car. Playing slug-a-bug with my sisters growing up was great fun.
439. Sleeping while my parents drive at night – This used to make me feel very safe and protected.
440. Play car games – Looking for all of the alphabet on signs, going on a camping trip, asking “What’s your favorite?” – all of these games bring back great memories for me.
441. Family road trips – These were both stressful and enjoyable. My wonderful parents were saints for putting up with us kids.
442. Pink cars – One day, I will have one. Yes, I will.
443. Waving at random people as you drive through town – This works the best in Boston, we found out. However, it can be fun to do anywhere and watch the responses that people give you.
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