Friday, 14 October 2011

Learning To Drive

"I was quiet, a loner. I was one of those children where, if you put me in a room and gave me some crayons and a pencils, you wouldn't hear from me for nine straight hours. And I was always drawing racing cars and rockets and spaceships and planes, things that were very fast that would take me away."
Quote by Gary Oldman (British Actor)

My love for cars started at a very young age; where driving a car was impossible to me because I would not even reach the pedals. It fascinated me, to see this monster, which carried people in it, driving at speeds, where people just seem to disappear from your eyes in moments. I was amazed at the sounds this monster made and the smell of gas burning in it. I was in love with this monster.

Now comes the hard part, how do I tame this monster? Learning to drive was a challenge, as there were so many things I needed to know. How do I drive in a straight line? What are these gauges for? When to shift gears? And how in the hell do I reach those pedals? I started out when I was 11 years of age, of course since I was not able to reach the pedals; my uncle let me sit on his lap and drive. Driving to me was like my freedom, a power and a sense of accomplishment. At my age, driving in a straight line was no fun, so the car always moved in a zig zag motion, my uncle had to step in from time to time to make it go straight, but then, driving my way brought me happiness while it terrified everyone sitting in the car, as well as, the people driving around me or coming towards me.

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