If you know how to drive, you know how to live

Let me be clear: I don’t like driving. If I never had to drive again, I’d be perfectly happy. It’s madness out there. But I’ve also realized that knowing how to drive is knowing how to live: if you can drive safely, you can live life to the fullest. Think I’m exaggerating? Consider this:
  1. Jim Morrison said it best: “Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.” You’ve got to take control. It’s your life. If you cede responsibility to someone else (an employer, a partner, a condition, a substance) and don’t maintain balance, you’re asking for trouble.
  2. Always check your blind spot. We all have weaknesses. Know yours. Don’t avoid change because of a weakness, but don’t think you can ignore it and be successful.
  3. Don’t forget to look in the rearview mirror. The past matters. Don’t make the same mistakes over and over. Know your strengths. Know your weaknesses.
  4. Keep the engine in tip top shape. Your body is your foundation. If you don’t maintain it, you’re screwed, no matter how well you manage other aspects of your life.
  5. Be extra alert at night. “For the night is dark and full of terrors.” We’re raised to fear the dark. It’s primordial. It’s also a good chunk of our lives (half to a third depending on one’s timezone) so there’s no way to avoid it. Embrace the dark. Embrace the known. But expect the unexpected. Stay on guard.
  6. Sometimes it’s better to walk or take transit. Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason. March to the beat of your own drummer.
  7. Adapt to the conditions. You can’t always go a million miles an hour. Changing conditions require a more cautious approach. Track the conditions. Adapt accordingly.
  8. Know the rules. Rules can suck. They constrain. They close off options. But ignorance of the rules can cause untold trouble. Get to know the rules. That way you’ll know how to break them.
  9. Distraction can be dangerous. It’s okay to get lost. Sometimes that’s the only way to get found. But getting distracted at the wrong moment can kill you. Know when to focus and when to give yourself a rest.
  10. Take a break. Unless you’re Superman, you can’t go go go all the time. You need a break. You need to recharge your engines. Feeling tired? Feelling unfocused? Pull the car over and have a snooze.

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