It’s the first Friday in August! But it’s also the last Friday of the Summer of Something New blog challenge. Today I’m going to share something that’s new for me, but that doesn’t mean that this blog won’t be fun of new and exciting things. I plan to stitch the philosophy of trying something new into my everyday life and into my blog.
For today’s post about something new, I’m going to be talking about driving and having the drive to well, drive.
I don’t have my driver’s license and it was something I was embarrassed about once I turned 18. It was something I didn’t like to talk about. In high school, I admit, I was scared to drive. I know there are other people who have the same feeling, but I didn’t know anyone like that. Most of my friends got their license and I was surrounded by cars all my life since my dad used to be a mechanic. I thought it was weird to not want to drive.
In high school, I was busy with school, cross country, and more. I put school first and got good grades, scholarships, and things like that. I liked feeling that I could succeed. But when it came to learning how to drive in parking lots, I had no clue where to start, even after driver’s ed. I had my dad trying to teach me. I had other family laughing at me sometimes since I would hit a curb or do something like that. Driving was something that did not come easy for me, and I hated that.
I put it off when I went to college, because I didn’t need a car when I could walk five minutes to get to class!
But, this fall, I have an internship at a church that is a ten-minute drive away. And after a while, it gets old asking for rides from friends. So I knew when I came home for the summer instead of staying at school, I needed to get my driver’s license.
I’ve been practicing driving all summer and I’m proud to say that I’ve logged hours and now I’m taking some driving lessons, as my parents asked. The lessons started this week, so that is something new for the week!
The good news is that the instructor found not too many problems with my driving but she is going to continue teaching me and letting me practice. She said that I would not have too much trouble with taking the road test at the DMV. It was such good news that made me so happy!
So, this girl right here, will be newly licensed and riding solo sometime this month after driving lessons are over! Hopefully sooner rather than later.
I’m excited for the new independence and the lessons I learned about working for things that don’t come easy for you. I also learned that there is no harm in waiting to get your license. (Just don’t wait until after your permit expires!) So if you don’t have your driver’s license yet, it’s okay! I’m right there with you. I encourage you to find out why you don’t want to get your license and start observing other good drivers to learn about the road without actually being on it!
What is something new and different for you this summer? Any big changes going on in your life? And do you guys like driving? Do you have any stories about it?