Turning 30 was a big year for me. Not only did I celebrate 30 in Ireland and get married, but I also got my driver's license. Yes, you heard me right, I got my driver's license at the ripe age of 30. I never had one up until then because frankly, I was terrified of driving. Not so much the aspect of dying but the aspect of getting in an accident and hurting someone. I was terrified of the idea of having so much responsibility for someone else's life. You could say that driving was my biggest fear. (It still kind of is.)
When I was dating Lance, he encouraged me to get my driving permit, but it took me almost a year to actually start learning how to drive. The week my permit was expiring (two weeks before my wedding and three weeks before moving to Alabama), I scheduled my DMV driving test for that Friday. Then I scheduled two driving lessons the Wednesday and Thursday before my test. The two lessons were in the evening and in the rain, and I think I actually did alright... considering I really hadn't driven much at all before then.
Long story short, I went in for my test, and it started raining, but I passed with flying colors! Thankfully I had a lot of good, practical instruction for my driving teacher and lots of advice from my dad.
That was December 2015. Flash forward to spring of this year. I was still nervous about driving, so Lance had been driving me everywhere. But my cousin was coming to visit and so I drove for the first time since getting my license. She was such a good sport and didn't express her fear too much. (Hugs) But having her visit got me in to the swing of driving. I was finally getting used to driving when our poor car broke down!
I was so bummed. Thankfully after a month or so we bought a car and I got back to driving. I'm still not completely comfortable driving people, but I'm driving a lot by myself and love it! I even have an Alabama driver's license now! Oh how I've grown!
P.S. The funny thing you realize when you get your driver's license at 30 is that a lot of people don't remember what the actual laws for driving are and/or don't follow them. And that, of course, is pretty scary when you're already terrified of driving.
Birmingham, AL. 2015 | iPhone 6