This is my car.
It’s a Toyota Echo, and I love her. I bought this car almost 10 years ago. She’s been paid for for almost that long.
I thought I lost her Wednesday after some odd smells and wonkiness that surely suggested a shot transmission. Luckily my diagnosis was wrong. The competent folks at the Village Exxon brought the Echo back to life for a mere $640.
One of my top 5 regrets in life is not taking auto mechanics my senior year of high school. I had space in my schedule to fill. I couldn’t fill it with a second study hall. I was so close to enrolling in the auto mechanics class. Instead I opted for keyboarding. Taught by my mom.
I already knew how to type. I already knew how to use word processing software.
Sometimes–usually when there’s vehicle maintenance or repair on the horizon–I think about why I chose not to take that auto mechanics class.
It was the fear. What if I’m not good at it?
Same as it ever was, right?
So here’s my resolution: the next time I make excuses for sticking to the easy and familiar path, I’m going to call myself on it. Ideally there will be some action too.
That’s it. Go about your business.