Why I Miss Driving
Start writing a post
Student Life

Why I Miss Driving

There's much more to it than turning the wheel and gunning the gas.

Why I Miss Driving
Fractured Motivation Tumblr

I didn't exactly expect there would be a time in my life where I would come to miss driving. Before I left for college, and even when I come home, I fall back into the tedious cycle of planning my excursions down to a science. My driving equation incorporates arriving either fashionably late or impressively early, depending on the event, allotted carpool time, time set aside for unimaginable occurrences, or I completely disregard my methods when I'm running very late. Planning to drive all over the city was hard work, and very stressful when my methods didn't seem to always work out. Plus, living in a suburb of the city made getting anywhere at least a guaranteed 10 minutes further than anyone else. Then there's gas and safe driving and all that jazz to worry about. But oddly enough, whenever I'm at school walking to class or lunch, I miss driving.

Why, you ask, is driving one of the activities I miss most from home? Driving was one of my only times of solitude. I got to be by myself, listening to great music or enjoying the silence, maybe with the windows down feeling the sun on my face. Driving was a huge time for me to decompress. Whether I was going to school and mentally preparing myself for the day, or driving home after a long day, I could always get my mind right when driving the car. Especially on the way to sports practices or games, driving always helped me get my head where it needed to be, and on my highest mental level.

Driving was a guaranteed reflection and relaxation time. No matter how busy my schedule was for the day: go to school, go home, do homework, go back to school for practice, go home, do more homework - I always had the guaranteed driving time to calm me down or pump me up.

I did some of my best reflection and thinking in the car. Maybe something happened at school where I wasn't in the best place with a good friend. I would always get to think about and resolve any sorts of problems I had while driving. Driving was one of my favorite times for self-reflection too. Some people have journals, others go to therapy, or use their families and best friends to vent about what's bothering them. I used my solitude in the car as my therapy.

Bottom line is, I wouldn't complain if places on my college campus were only driving distance away. I could really get used to returning to my time for thought and decompression in the car that a 10 minute walk to class doesn't achieve. But, not having a car on campus makes me that more appreciative for my time in the car when I'm back in the city.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Hurricane Preparedness

In Louisiana and many other states, it is important to have a hurricane plan

Munger Construction

With hurricane season, it's always best to be prepared for it. It means having a plan for your family and home. Everyone in Louisiana should know the basics of preparing for hurricane season.

Keep Reading... Show less

An Atlanta Weekend

A New Yorker's quick weekend in Atlanta.


On a weekend visit to Atlanta, I had to adjust to people being personable and congenial to me. Although I had lived in the South before, I had to get reacquainted with southern hospitality due to visiting from Brooklyn. Atlanta Uber drivers are very down to earth, offer snacks, and provide great genuine conversations. The opposite is the lay of the land from Brooklyn Uber drivers. The southern hospitality is provided not only from the Uber drivers, but restaurant servers, cashiers, or random people giving suggestions. Brooklyn is a dope and unique place to live, but short on the warmth more often than not.

Keep Reading... Show less

20 Traditional Hispanic Recipes To Feast On In Honor Of Hispanic Heritage Month

... in case you needed another excuse to eat empanadas and churros.

20 Traditional Hispanic Recipes To Feast On In Honor Of Hispanic Heritage Month

Like many of my wanderlust-ridden friends and family, I'll travel anywhere for the promise of good food. I once went to Thailand in pursuit of traditional massaman curry and Spain for authentic patatas bravas — neither of which let me down.

What usually ends up being the biggest letdown is coming home to miss the traditional, local cuisine. It may not have quite the same ambiance, but trying to cook authentic dishes at home can increase appreciation for the craft and culture behind them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Google Images

Launched by Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad in 2014, My Stealthy Freedom is a commendable campaign that shows women going against the strict hijab restrictions in Iran. This movement has recently gained a lot of momentum on their Facebook page and is currently even gaining support from tourists in Iran. Ms. Alinejad shares photos of men in hijabs and women inside Iran who have taken part in a moment of 'stealthy freedom' by removing their hijabs to the outside world.

Keep Reading... Show less

Sinning in Las Vegas

Be careful what you do and post


Going to Las Vegas for the weekend is practically a sacramental right of passage in college. It’s so crucial to our early adulthood development that Snapchat even made a filter that says “Vegas for the Weekend.” Damn Snapchat, you really do get it. 

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments