Despite having gained a bit of confidence in driving a car last year itself, after I got my own car in January this year, it took me a good 5 months to start driving with full confidence! Even after that it has been only a step by step improvement. Starting with driving during daytime in non-peak hours and avoiding all flyovers and subways and the thought of the car getting stopped while releasing the clutch making an appearance every time I stopped in a signal, today I have reached a stage where I can drive at any time of the day anywhere with the music system in car playing loud music, which too I initially avoided. But I am still not comfortable with taking parking the car in reverse. 🙁 It looks like it’s going to take some more time and I am not worried about that.
The days of getting scolding from my dad for holding the steering so very tightly and looking tensed is gone. I am enjoying driving the car. Gone are the days of waiting for bus and autos and Saturdays have now become synonymous with going for shopping with my mom. Long time readers may remember how much I have always wanted to go to office by car with ARR’s music for company. Last month saw that little dream of mine coming true. If not everyday, I am now planning to go to office by car at least once every week.
The feel-good factor associated with finally being able to do something that you have always wanted to do is indeed a big confidence-booster that will motivate you to try out more things.
P.S.: The day I bought the car (Santro), I decided that I will not write about it here till I actually start driving it confidently. There is no point in having a car if you are scared to drive it!