It’s funny how one bad experience can make you stop doing something.
For me, it’s driving.
I have my driving license since 2009. I’ve driven in Croatia, USA, and France. I’ve driven manual and automatic cars. Yet, since one bad experience, I’ve lost my confidence and avoid driving as much as possible.
But well, I couldn’t avoid it today. I had to pick up the pet of my sister-in-law at the vet. Just a 15 minutes ride, not that big of a deal. First time driving her car, first time driving in this area. Everything would be just fine (that’s what I was trying to convince myself. In reality I was so nervous).
I checked the route on Google Maps (many times!), prepared the car, and one important thing: I pretended it was taking my daughter to the hospital. It sounds stupid, but it’s true.
Having in mind why I was doing that trip got me so focused I forgot about my pain. All I had in mind was to get to the vet no matter what.
In the end, I made some minor mistakes while driving, but overall everything went just fine (we’re all alive 😁).