1. Mail Christmas Cards, CHECK! 12-18-11
8. Take a honeymoon with Matt, CHECK! 4-4-12 thru 4-9-12
15. Run a 5K, CHECK! 4-29-11
19. Sew on a button, CHECK! 12-16-11
23. Learn how to knit, CHECK!
25. Start a book club, CHECK! 2-20-11
26. Learn how to drive a stick shift, CHECK! 5-6-12
29. Get horses to the farm, CHECK! 5-7-11
This weekend I accomplished #26, Learn how to drive a stick shift! As a kid growing up on the farm I never learned how to drive a stick, nope never did! Once or twice my dad tried to teach both my sister and I and it usually ended up with someone upset, crying or walking home instead of getting back in the truck... sometimes a combination of the three! Anytime learning got brought back up my anxiety would rise and I'd come up with ANY excuse not to learn.
Fast forward to March 2012, I had just turned in my leased Pontiac G6 and was left to drive our GMC Sierra. Well gas prices what they are, Matt and I began exploring options for a work car for me. Our friends, have a 2002 VW Jetta sitting in their garage that doesn't get driven... perfect solution to the problem of the gas guzzling truck, right?
Wrong! It has a manual transmission! Houston we have a problem.... I didn't immediately recognize the transmission issue, Matt actually called me and said, "That Jetta is a stick. Are you going to be able to drive it?" Ugh. I had no idea!
I went back and forth with this in my head, do we keep looking? Do I buck up and try to learn?
This past Saturday before the Cinco de Mayo/Kentucky Derby party I went out with Dennis, the current owner, and had a lesson. Things went surprisingly well! I only managed to kill it a few times and more importantly no tears or angry outbursts. It was actually kind of fun! So that night I drove the car to our party and then from there back to our house, all by myself! Winning!
Yesterday, Matt and I went out for a drive in it and he had me practicing hill starts and other tricky situations I might get myself in... Amazingly enough, we didn't get in one fight the whole time!
Okay, so what about you? Do you know how to drive a stick shift? Are you terrified to learn or are you a seasoned professional?