May 29

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Driving a stick

Yesterday I spent the day with a friend’s family at their lakeside camp.  It was hot as hell in town, but it was a glorious day by the water and I had a great time hanging out there.

Mid-afternoon, Rachel’s grandmother asked her to move her car. I went out with Rachel and somehow it came up that I don’t drive a stick shift. She invited me to slide into the driver’s seat and gave me a quick driving lesson.

I have actually driven a stick shift before, but it’s never been a pleasant experience. My very first time driving a stick was on a busy street in Melrose, MA with my father yelling at me to get the car started and in gear when it stalled. Not a moment I look back on fondly. And it pretty much colored every other time I tried because I was so nervous.

Yesterday, Rachel was so calm and encouraging that it was  fun!  I actually believe now that I could try it again and maybe get past my fear to enjoy the experience.

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Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Rachel Burns

    I’m glad you’re fear of driving standard is gone! You did so good, I am proud of you!

  2. Emma Webber

    Hi Leah, driving a manual gearbox ( what you in the US call a stick shift) is an art in itself to do properly, especially if you want to do it smoothly. It takes a lot of practice to get the coordination just right, and not have the car bouncing around like a kangaroo, or the engine over revving. It is the same with all aspects of life, you have to keep at it to succeed. Easy for me to say as I have driven a manual for 30 years, but we all start at the same place, don’t we. We learn the laws of the car, and then miracles happen 🙂 . Never give xx

  3. Emma Webber

    Meant to end that with never give up 🙂 xx

  4. Leah Carey

    I absolutely LOVE the metaphor, Emma! That’s fantastic. There is a lot of bucking and stalling and restarting as we learn our way through life. The best thing for it is to just keep practicing and learning. “We learn the laws of the car, and the miracles happen” – awesome!!!! 🙂

  5. Leah Carey

    Thanks Rachel. 🙂

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