I Need Your Help Making a Big Decision…
To start I will tell you that I have decided that driving a stick shift car is analagous to practicing yoga for me. I am pretty bad at both but I am intrigued by the humility practicing each bestows upon me. And I know I am get better at either with more time and more practice and more humility. I will never be a driving instructor and even less likely will I ever be a yoga instructor. But I generally I enjoy the hard work, brain power, and sweat that goes into each.
With all that being said, it looks like the rental company WV is using for me has come up with a car this week that has an automatic transmission. So I can trade in my little silver bullet for something that is much more comfortable or I can keep my little first car.
Now I know that approximately an average of 50-60 people read this blog everyday and I would like at least 15 of you to comment with an opinion for me! I’d certainly appreciate it and might even find the time to send you all a personal e-mailed thanks for participating in the Socratic Method. And if 15 people have already commented, please don’t feel like you don’t need to respond. I want YOUR opinion more than anyone elses, yeah…YOU!
So here are a few points for you to consider before weighing in on the keeping or trading of the car:
-Before I moved here, I only drove a stick shift once.
-I only got my driver’s license on June 17, 2008 -so I am not a great driver period.
-I wake up thinking about how to back out of whatever space I parked the night before.
-Last night I had nightmares or conscious thoughts (it was late/early in the morning) about how many mistakes I’ve made with the transmission and the driving and how near real problems have been or could be in the future. I can only cling to the divine protection I have been given so far. This is not to say I haven’t tried desperately to be safe and engaged and careful. But I am not a driving whiz especially on South African roads with South African drivers and South African signs.
-Last night was the first time the idea of driving (past or future) was scary.
-Normally I love it, truly.
-Like I said above, I love the challenge and humility driving a stick shift offers.
-I plan on living overseas most of my life where the majority of cars have stick shifts.
-But I will probably spend the next four or five years in the states attending medical school where I can drive an automatic or take public transportation.
-I don’t want to give up on the learning process, but I don’t know if it would just be safer to switch back to an automatic.
So, what do YOU think? Keep the car or trade in for the automatic?