A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
Doing the victory dance becasue I figured out how to find my blog and post again!!!
Day 2 Challenge: Drive a car with a manual transmission/drive a stick shift
The little Golden book guide above reminds us to "take a joy ride." That is kind of what I did
today when my friend was gracious to give me a refresher course on driving a standard car and even smiled
when I grinded her car gears.(I only
did that once on a hill. ) I have not driven a stick shift since I was 16 and recall
that my father had white knuckes during our
cowboy pony, jerking, and stalling, car ride experience. At 16, I swore never again to drive
our orange VW Beetle or any other car with three pedals
and a stick.
I must say that I did very well today and I think it was fun to feel like a race car driver in the parking lot. I also gave my left
thigh muscle quite a good workout and
wonder if this task would be good for leg toning. I wonder if the right thigh would get bigger than the left. Does anyone know the answer? I also read that you
also burn up more calories using a manual car, which is definitely a plus.
Living in an area with a lot of hills, a manual drive is a
real accomplishment. I started to almost panic when I stopped on a hill but my friend calmly told me what to do. It's also good to know that the old brain remembers stuff because it was a smooth drive for
the most part. I also like the economic advantage of paying less for a this
kind of car since I am both the breadwinner and breadmaker combined.
Overall, I would recommended doing this challenge, so that you are ready
for anything that awaits you and you will not be in a pickle if the only car
available is a stick shift. Especially emptynester if you are going it solo.
Finally, I am not sure that when Maslow wrote his theory of self actualization in 1943, that they even had
many automatic cars.
You know how badly we
had been treated at Phillippi just before we came to you and how much we
suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you
boldly, even though we were surrounded by many who opposed us. 1
God will give you the strength and courage to overcome any
obstacles especially if you are in his will. In my opinion maslow’s theory, reaching
true potential, is the same as reaching
or striving for spiritual maturity which can be gained from reading the good bookJ