So, we’re finally going to discuss the driving thing.
I turn 19 in 6 weeks, and I will still not be able to drive.
To be honest, it was something that truly never bothered me. I’m notorious for over-booking my schedule, and both my parents have their own schedules. We don’t offer Driver’s Ed in my town, and I’d have to drive an hour out of town for anything resembling it. Learning to drive was just not in the cards for me when I lived at home.
Living in a small agriculture town, everyone surrounding me was able to drive by the time their feet reached the pedals. Most kids were pros at driving tractors in the most hazardous of conditions. So when the time came to get their licenses they were more than ready to impress at the DMV. But for me, the girl who barely had time for a nap after school or a lengthy phone call to a best friend, I would always be behind in the driving world. And that was fine by me.
Why does society put such an importance on driving? We have public transport for a reason, and we are constantly complaining about air pollution, yet driving is such a standard in our way of living.
I never thought it was abnormal that I can’t drive at this age. But I am pointed out as this abnormality by others, this strange speck in the world that is the teenager that doesn’t have a license. Everyone expects that everyone lives for their 16th birthday so they can get their license. But I looked forward to my 16th for a night of movies and candy. Driving was never a priority in my life, even now.
As I near 19, and another year farther from the rite of passage that is getting a license, I am unsure of how I feel. My own brother will get his license before me. I am constantly chauffeured by friends and family. And it’s getting a bit embarrassing. It wasn’t meant to be like this. And I know that I’ll be able to drive eventually…you know, when I actually have time to learn how to drive.
I guess if I could do it again I would have made time for driving. It’s not that it has ever put a hindrance on my abilities to be somewhere (I am a regular user of the public transport system and don’t mind a bit), but I guess having that driving license in my back pocket would just be an added bonus. I’d feel less of a social outcast in a way.
With that said, there are some things you can’t change. This is one of those things that you learn from and give advice to others based on your experience. Because that is all I can do at this point. And try to get some driving hours in this summer, my last summer home.
Stay classy, Internet,
P.S. How did you all like Haley from my March Guest Blog?
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