DECIDING TO LEARN TO DRIVE

This was a pretty big step for me because for a long time I had zero interest in driving a car. I felt like I didn't need to. I'd get really fed up and impatient, and it would ultimately be a waste of my money. But at the very end of 2016, I did a complete 180 and for no apparent reason - I was suddenly all up for driving. Although, now I think I've worked out that I want to learn to drive to get my own car. For so many years, I'm only 20 so I'm clearly setting this up very over-exaggeratedly haha!, I'd been told that I really should learn to drive because "it'll give you so much freedom!", "it'll save your mum and dad having to drive you everywhere", "it'll mean that you stop watching so many films and actually get some fresh-ish air!". But, nope, I wasn't having any of it. I knew myself that there would likely be a time where I felt the need to learn to drive, but for those few years it just wasn't for me and I didn't want to waste my time/money on something that I would likely have no interest in. I am actually very VERY glad that I waited until I was ready for that reason exactly. I now feel ready and confident when I'm behind the wheel, and that's not to say I felt scared previously, but I think it's all to do with focusing on the end result and how it'll benefit my lifestyle. I'm just about 10 lessons in, I know that's still very near the beginning, and absolutely loving my lessons! I look forward to them so much every week and they give me so much confidence and satisfaction that I'm learning something new. It's also a time where I'm doing something that has nothing to do with work or university and I can have a laugh with my instructor, Julie, who is absolutely hilarious and fabulous! We have so many good chats and she puts me right at ease. I think that's probably the reason I'm enjoying the lessons and doing well in them. And something I'll miss very much when I pass. I remember putting money away that I received for my 17th birthday for driving lessons and I hadn't actually touched the money since then. (The only reason I was able to do that is because I forgot the money was there, I'm not a saint.) So, of course, that helped a lot because lessons are pretty expensive and you'll need quite a few. Even at that, if I hadn't saved that money, I would have made sure I put money aside every month to pay for my lessons. Although I am already getting impatient, in a good way because I can't wait to pass, as I feared I would, I am really enjoying the experience of learning to drive and I'm excited to see how I'll improve in the next 10 lessons.

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