5 Important Life Lessons I Learned While My Dad Taught Me to Drive

WfVxFu5R0SFsskpioJWgIt’s a brilliant Sunday morning in September. We’re sitting side by side in my mom’s bronze, four-door Mazda 626 in the empty parking lot. The engine’s idling, the car is firmly in park with my foot is pressing hard on the brake pedal.

“Ready?” he asks

“Um, yeah. I think so,” I say. I shift the car into Drive and gingerly lift my foot from the brake.

“Give it a little gas,” he says. I do and the car lurches forward like an overly ambitious toddler taking his first steps. I quickly slam on the brakes and we both whip back in our seats, our seatbelts yanking tight.

“Rule number one,” says my dad. “Always wear a seatbelt. Okay, let’s try again.”

Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri in the mid-80s meant I was eligible for a full driver license at 16. A few months before my birthday, my dad and I embarked on a series of weekend driving lessons, commandeering empty lots and deserted side streets. As an overly eager teen, I figured a few quick tutorials was all I needed to hit the road. Turns out I had a lot to learn.

Continuing reading on The Mid.

2 thoughts on “5 Important Life Lessons I Learned While My Dad Taught Me to Drive

  1. This bit struck such a chord, Lisa:

    “When my dad first told me that the best way to respond to skidding was to steer right into it, I thought he was crazy—…”

    I think we so often experience the “skids” of life and steer away, giving them more power, thus relinquishing control of whatever “vehicle” we’re manning.

    The truth is we need to look the “skid” in the face, lean into it, and grow within and despite it.

    What a lesson, Lisa.

    With heart,


    1. Thanks for reading Dani. My dad’s always been a big believer in facing your challenges and fears rather than avoiding them or putting them off. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it does provide a certain clarity and allows you to move forward, keeping that skid, as you say, in your pocket for reference. xx

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