Freedom


Traffic, noise, repairs, insurance, high gas prices, road rage, wasted time.

Frustration, anger, annoyance, stress.

Think of driving and you are immediately confronted with a barrage of negative emotions. The automobile is a necessary evil for most of us, a way to get to work, run errands, take the kids to the arena or the movies. It is a money pit, a constant disappointment.

What happened, when did it all change, was it always that way?

Take a moment, pull over on the side of the road, close your eyes.

Access the teenager inside you,

Recall the anticipation of getting a driver license. Remember the magnitude of the change in your life. No longer tied to your parents and their schedules, free to extend your social circle beyond the closest bus routes. Able to really take control of your life for the first time, the road, literally, open in front of you. Everything was different once you had access to a car, everything changed, you were there, you made it. Call up the pretty girl (or boy), make plans, don’t worry about whether mom can drive you or whether it will be awkward.

Life starts when you get your license!

I was exposed again to the raw elation of getting a drivers license last week when my oldest son passed his test. I will forever remember the sparkle in his eyes, the ear-to-ear grin. You could literally see the suppressed plans bubbling to the surface, struggling for priority, wanting to be the first of many joyous occasions rendered real by the freedom of driving.

Man do I feel old 😉

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  1. Hey Danlargo: A license is a passport to the open road. With rights come obligations. That’s a great time to remind the kid that a driver’s license is a two-way ticket. He may not acknowledge the sender, but he should get the message. Best of luck to you both.

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