I took my driver’s test when I was 16. With a year’s worth of practice under my belt, I passed the test. But exactly how road ready is a newly licensed teenager?
I remember that it took active concentration to maintain constant speed. Corners were often taken either too sharply or not sharply enough. Merging into traffic was terrifying.
And I could not parallel park to save my life.
Fast forward through many years of living in Massachusetts. I found a tight parking spot in front of the library where I was meeting a friend. Quickly, and with little effort, I squeezed my car in.
Before I stepped into the library, it dawned on me that this was a bit of a victory. I was compelled to turn around and take a few snapshots to document my parallel parking job.
Time and practice had taken the things I thought I would never be good at and turned it into a skill I usually just take for granted. I wonder what else I’m good at now?
How about you?