Those of you who know me personally know that I do not drive, and I’ve never had any intention to. Living in London for five years meant that everywhere I wanted to go was accessible to me without a car. Fancy a trip to Oxford Street to do a little shopping? Get the tube. Off to the theatre? There’s a tube right outside the playhouse. You get where I’m going with this.
Unfortunately, now I am back living in my hometown, Doncaster (that’s in South Yorkshire, if ya don’t know), things are a little different, and it’s much harder to do things and go places without a car. My husband doesn’t drive either, so we’re basically a useless married couple who have to walk everywhere, or pay extortionate train prices to go anywhere outside South Yorkshire.
In the past few years I’ve worked in Wakefield, Sheffield and other similar pretty-far-away-from-my-house cities in the Yorkshire area, and I’ve had to rely on the train. This has caused me to fall asleep at unfortunate occasions, suffer frequently with travel sickness and a deadening feeling of ennui as I spent hours getting home on an evening. At the moment, I’m lucky in that working from home means I am already at my place of work; something that has fueled my productivity, creativity and happiness in ways I did not think possible.
But, I’m tired of not being able to go anywhere without it taking up a huge amount of my day. I love walking, don’t get me wrong, as I live so close to the centre of town I’ll always walk but there are some things I wish I could do that I just can’t. Really simple things like going swimming (it’s way too far to walk), driving over to see my friends and family; driving up to a cottage in Haworth to have a Bronte sisters weekend. I am finally beginning to think that I may be missing out on things because I cannot drive.
The other thing niggling at the back of my mind, too, is that in a few years I’m going to start thinking about having children, and I cannot imagine carting a baby around on a bus, along with two bags full of groceries, is much fun.
Luckily, plenty of people have learnt to drive before me, and there are many, many companies out there to help us with things like MOTs, changing tyres and the like such as Ossett Tyre House, whose recent email encouraged me to start thinking about driving realistically.
I’ve failed my theory test once already so I’m not off to the best start, but at least now I know what I’m going into. I’ve also had a couple of lessons in the past couple of years, but I didn’t like my instructor and that really put me off. So, it might take me a little while but I have decided it’s time to grow up and learn to drive. Wish me luck!
*This post is a collaboration with Ossett Tyre House but all words and thoughts my own*