Brunch on a Wednesday: How learning how to drive is like learning how to budget

Brunch on a Wednesday: How learning how to drive is like learning how to budget

driveI’m turning 30 in September and one of my goals before I turned 30 is to learn how to drive.

Yes, I somehow escaped from California without a driver’s license, then spent the last 7 years in a city where having a car was more of a liability than a necessity.

I had my first driving lesson last week in one of those dual-brake, student-driver labeled cars where the instructor had to grab the wheel occasionally to make sure I didn’t run into a curb or a car or a person.

My instructor, Steve, walked me through exactly how to do 3-point turns and parallel park and I noded along, but then have no idea what the heck I just did a few minutes later.

Changing lanes is just about the scariest thing. You’re telling me I have to put my blinker on, look in rearview mirror, sideview mirror, look behind me, and keep driving without slowing down while I merge into traffic??

Thank goodness Steve was there to keep me (somewhat) calm and adjust the wheel when I veered off course (apparently, I have a hard time keeping the car going in a straight line :/ )

People kept telling me last week that driving is easy. I look at them from this end of the driving spectrum and wonder how long it’s going to take me to master the slow-down-into-a-turn-speed-up-out-of-it dance.

I now viscerally understand how people feel when they first learn to budget. It feels like something everyone learned a long time ago. There are so many moving parts that it’s hard to know what to pay attention to and surprise, you have to pay attention to everything all at once. And the first time you do it, it’s going to feel like you’re never going to get it.

Steve told me I did great for my first driving lesson. I don’t quite believe him, but I also feel like I have to believe him to get back behind the wheel.

However you felt about your first or third or 15th budgeting experience, just make sure you keep getting behind the wheel and keep looking ahead while you look behind you. Every time you do, you will be making progress.

And if you need a little BUDGE to get you back on course, you know where to find me.

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