Monday, November 15, 2010
Climb every mountain
I'm a scary cat.
That's the reason why I don't watch horror movies, nor do dangerous stunts like bungee jumping or sky-diving.
I do however, love roller coasters, skiing and anything that makes your heart leap and stop for a second or so.
Thus it continues to remain a childhood dream to bungee jump or sky-dive at some point in my life, even though I am a huge scary cat!
I've been there a couple of times but have never actually drove on my own. My dear father-in-law would be my chauffeur and I would get the travel costs reimbursed. This time, however, he couldn't bring me there and I also felt that it was about time to take the next step of driving - To drive alone.
Hubby takes the car to work usually and I'm relegated to taking the subway to work. Not that I'm complaining mine you, because I do actually enjoy skipping the rush-hour traffic everyday. The only flip side is that I hardly had any practise driving on my own.
Its really a psychological thing. With hubby in the car, I knew that I had another pair of eyes on the road. Hubby would attest to the fact that he hardly ever tells me what to do when I drive.
**Ok, except for the rare occasions when I drove too close to the kerb and he let out a slight gasp which sounded like he's trying to mask his fear while still not alarming me**
Well, what can I say?
I succeeded!!!! With fear and trembling, lots of prayer and my faithful navigator system.
Words can't describe what its like to conquer a mountain that one has never climbed before.
I salute every driver who drives confidently everyday.
German drivers are (in general) pretty gracious too. When they see a lady (and more so an Asian one) trying desperately to enter the highway where cars are driving at 120km/h, they usually slow down or change lane for me.
Try driving in Singapore and you will know what I mean. Drivers there (in general) do not allow you to enter their lane as soon as you signal your intention to do so. Many drivers hence change lanes first, half a second before signalling (to mitigate the risk of being caught by the traffic police for flouting traffic rules).
I was so thankful to God for keeping me alive and safe on the roads! It was a day of victory. Of conquered grounds. In my mind. I knew that if I could conquer a mountain in my mind, I could conquer it in real life!
Have you had any experience where you conquered your own mountain?