3 Driving Lessons We Can't Live Without

Magic moments happen when you're unconsciously staring at "it" and never really notice "the thing" the entire time. It's only when something hits you right in the head do you realize you've had "it" right there all along. I've had it. Today.

Everyday, I ride with my dad to and from work. Not only that it's convenient —I don't really survive public transport well— I also enjoy our conversations during the long rides. These rides are my magic moments. And I wouldn't trade them with a lifetime of fame and fortune. I've had good laughs and a few teary-eyed talks with my old folk, too. On the road.

I'd often wonder why I feel more comfortable telling dad about anything while he's on the wheel. Hmmm.

Yeah. I'm a bit of a daddy's girl alright.

Well, I've learned a few life lessons during these "magic moments". I'd like to share three things that just hit me today. Here are Dad's top three driving lessons:
  • Always give way to people crossing the road first. He'd always remind me that people should be valued more over cars, no matter the brand. Same thing is true with life. Some use people and value things when we ought to value people and use things.
  • Never beat the red light. Not only does he keep reminding me about the dangers of beating the red light, it's also good social manners to know who you share the road with. Everybody. I know, we've all felt the temptation to beat the red light when the intersections are empty. Again, same thing is true in life. Some would step on other people's toes just to get ahead. It's not only dangerous, I'd say, "Shame on you!" Ooopps.
  • Don't ignore the "empty gas" warning. My father happens to be in the profession of fixing automobiles. He always warns me to never let the car run on empty tank. Not only does it damage the engine beyond repair in the long run, it's just foolish to do so. Now, I can relate to that health-wise. I used to ignore "warning signs" —fatigue and stress— that it has done my "heart" bad the past two years. I know better now...
Life on the road is hard. Because we're always responsible for what we do no matter how we feel. Yet, as someone once wrote, "No matter how far you go down the wrong road, you can always turn back." And to that I agree. Really.

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