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Saturday, June 01, 2013

The Open Road

We all have our struggles and the things that we find harder to do than others because of the way we grew up, events in our lives or just simply because it's the way we are.


In 1999 when I was 7 years old, my father was hit by a taxi. He became paralysed and then 10 months later passed away. This means that even contemplating driving has since been a struggle for me. Earlier this year, about 5 years later than all my other friends, I decided that I had to get my Learner's License and then I would work my way up to actually learning to drive.


Keeping all of this is mind and realising that it had been 5 months that I had had my license but never driven, I decided it was time. So mum took me down to our local park and she taught me how to drive in the car park. To be honest, I felt nothing. No fear, no anxiety, but also no feeling of accomplishment. It made me feel like an idiot for building it up for so long only to feel nothing. It was a mediocre life event that we all go through and I'd built it up just like I had getting a job.

With that said, I don't think I would've felt the same if 16-year-old me was getting into that car. In school I struggled really badly with loneliness and depression after losing my dad and I only just started to move on and live life once I had started university.

I am glad I waited to drive because I know that I was ready. I didn't rush into anything, I took my time. I could've been the first of my friends to get my license because I'm a couple of months older than them but I didn't, I just did what was right for me at the time and I'm glad I did.

This was a bit of a different post from me so I hope you don't mind. I also hope you go out there and conquer one of your fears.

These lovely little birds were on our balcony this morning and I thought it would be sweet to share.

Before I forget to mention, I'm doing the 30 Day June Snap Challenge and will be posting a round-up of my week in photos every Saturday.

Hope to see you guys do it too. ♥

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12 comments:

  1. I didn't know that your dad is dead: (I'm sorry: (
    From what age can you do with a driver's license? Here in Poland must be 18 years of age.
    Birds are wonderful. In Poland, I have not seen so colorful :) Where you live must be very beautiful!
    I do not understand what's going on with these photographs Snap June 30 Day Challenge?

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  2. Thank you, I appreciate it. ♥

    We can get our learner license when we're 16 which lasts for one year - we must have someone else in the car with us at all times. We then have a provisional license for 2-3 years where we can drive by ourselves.

    I live in Queensland (Australia) which is a very tropical climate so there's lots of birds. :)

    I'm going to take one photo every day in June. I'm then going to post the 7 I've taken for the week on a Saturday, just so I'm not only posting 1 picture everyday. :)

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  3. If you live in a tropical location that is not in you will never snow?

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    1. It never snows here!

      There is one part of Australia called the Blue Mountains that has snow sometimes but the rest of Australia unfortunately never has snow. :(

      It's winter at the moment and I'm still wearing a t-shirt because it's not very cold haha.

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    2. In Poland it is now the beginning of the summer. It is sunny;) Yesterday was a rainy day :/

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    3. @erin it snowed in Hobart in January hahaha

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    4. Did it? I never heard that lol

      In January though?? How random is that!!

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  4. congrats on facing it. *hugs*
    ♥♥♥♥

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