Hold your Steering Wheel.. Set off to the Country..

*Alarm sounds*

I rub my eyes, with one eye open I snooze my alarm and turn to sleep again. It is an arduous task for me to rise from bed in the morning. I have my appointment booked for 10:00 at Attleborough for my car service and mot, and it’s about half an hour drive.

It took me another hour, to finally get up from the bed. And that hour I slept from the time my alarm rang to the moment I got up was the best sleep I had in the night —do you feel the same as I do?

As I slowly got up to get ready, I thought to myself with a contented smile,

”One of the best things I learned in the past few years is learning to drive.”

People love driving for many reasons, some for the necessity and some for pleasure. To me, the former suited the best, as there existed no choice than learning to drive.

I was scared to death when I first step my foot on the gas from the residential area lane to a faster road. The scene is explicit as ever in my mind. And the experience in the dual carriageway was even dramatic; I remember crying out,

”Oh no, it’s too fast, I can’t see anything.”

And my instructor kept reassuring me,

”No Chinchu, you can see everything.”

Like the day I took my first step to walk, the day I passed my driving test became a milestone to cherish.

Being a new driver, the first year, we have been to many places, it was exciting, to taste freedom behind the wheel. The second-year started with the pandemic that swallowed the world I knew before and left us with a life full of restrictions.

Since life changed around me, the drive from home to work and vice-versa has become delightful. I started enjoying the scenic view of the route in my little journey. And hence, it became more of a therapy, than a mode of travel—a therapy to comfort my soul.

Driving on country roads is an experience. I felt grateful in heart to be able to live in the countryside. The peaceful traffic-free track ahead enveloped with the scenic elegance of nature is not only food for the eye but also the mind.

”Isn’t it amazing to get up in the morning, sit up in front of the steering wheel, set up your navigator and off you go?”

❤️

~ Chinchu Gibu

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