Tuesday, March 02, 2010

With time and practice


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.

004Fast 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?


Anonymous said...

I have learned to cook... and honestly I have no idea how I did it. I always get these crazy ideas and they don't always turn out so well. Somehow I always manage to try again undaunted.I think my kids taught me that. I make the biggest deal out of their little acts of independence.I am their biggest cheerleader, and I think maybe somewhere along the way I became my own biggest cheerleader too!-**Jen

Who Elsa? said...

That's so awesome! What a great example.

Thank you for sharing. :)


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