Driving to New Places
As a part of my independence work, I’ve been driving to some new places. So far it’s been a good experience and I haven’t had any problems.
Two weeks ago on Wednesday I caught up with my friend Emily and I picked her up so we could go to the movies. I’d never driven to the movies before so it was a new experience, as usually someone else drives. I got directions from my dad and it was easier than I thought to get there. We saw New Years Eve, which was alright, but I think it had too many big names and jumped around too much. It was nice hanging out with her though and seeing her before she left for college again.
On the Sunday of that week I went to a birthday party as well, and drove to my friend Gabi’s house for the first time at night. I’d always had my dad drop me off before because I thought it would be confusing trying to get there. I used google maps and found it just fine though, even though it was hard to see some street signs in the dark. It helped that I had zoomed into the online map beforehand and had seen which streets I would be passing before I turned so I could recognize that I was going the right way. I arrived a little early, but when I went in there were already a bunch of people there helping with the food preparations so I joined them. I hadn’t seen any of them since high school graduation day, but we all got along well and it was nice. We ate delicious homemade pizzas Gabi made as well as some other wonderful homemade treats. I also made a new friend Isis, who is from Brazil and has only been here since this past December but is already practically fluent in English. She came in and sat at the table with us as they were finishing making food and I wanted to make her feel welcome, so I asked her about her New Years to start. We ended up talking the rest of the night and she’s a really sweet person who has been to a lot of different countries.
Each experience driving to new places has been helpful. My main fear with driving to new places is getting lost or getting in an accident. I do prefer to have a friend with me though if it’s possible so if I do get lost it’s less stressful for me and I can have someone help me with the directions. How do you feel about driving to new places? Do you prefer to go with a friend? Do you invest in a GPS? It would be interesting to hear your experiences, especially when you first started driving more.