I sometimes get teased by my friends and family members for not being a very good driver. A girl backs into a telephone pole a few times and the newspaper man once, all coming out of her drive and she is then classified as a bad driver. Honestly, I’m obviously a good driver, just poor at backing up!
When my family all get talking about this subject, expressing their terrifying accounts with my driving skills my daughter will also chime in that I’ve given her PTSD from going so many times with my gas tank reading, “Zero kilometers to empty.” Maybe I like to test the reliability of my gas meter, but I avoid fueling up at all costs and scared my child in the meantime.
We all have our own experiences with bad drivers, but we also have had our fill of back seat drivers. I’d have to say my mother is the worst. She is such a nervous driver. Even still, when I’m 43 years of age, she will throw her arm across my chest from the other seat if we have to come to an abrupt stop. It’s her impulse she says. When seatbelts weren’t mandatory she would do this to catch us when we were little and she was driving.
Even still, she growls constantly when my father is driving. It’s just something that is in her. She just doesn’t trust others that are driving. She probably feels vulnerable when she doesn’t have control of the wheel…which I’m sure a lot of us suffer from as well.
I don’t have that problem at all. If someone else would rather drive, I’d rather them drive too. My husband is my favorite driver of course. I feel the most safe when he is behind the wheel. He is cautious, but not too cautious. He navigates through all different weather with ease and confidence. Honestly, when he drives, I sleep. It’s a great time for me to catch up on some well-deserved rest. I don’t have a worry in the world when he is behind the wheel.
As I am on my spiritual journey, I am learning to also just let the Universe take the wheel of my life. I’m finally cluing in that I don’t have control over my life…the Universe does! I can try and control it, but in the end, what will be, will be.
It has taken me some time, but I’m learning to relax and stop trying to back seat drive. I can’t steer things in the direction that I want them to go. Things are out of my control, so why even waste my energy. There are many other great things that I can put my energy towards instead of worrying and stressing over what is going to happen in my life.
One of my favorite Proverbs is from Proverbs 20:24, “A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way.” This ignites my heart! We can try and take the wheel of life and steer it in the direction that we want to go, but if it isn’t God’s grand plan for you, then all the steering and maneuvering you do isn’t going to get you to where you want to go. You have to learn to just get in the passenger’s seat of life and enjoy the ride!
I’ve learned to develop the same attitude with life, as I have when my husband is driving. Trust that I will be delivered safe and sound to my destination and sit back and enjoy the ride. The road of life is much more enjoyable this way.
Start leaving your control issues behind and let the Universe take the wheel! Trust me its a sweet ride!