I’m somewhat embarrassed to be writing this, but I also feel the need to pay heed to the sentiments of my students. Those of you who have gone driving with me will know how I operate. I enjoy going driving with you all. I do what I do, at the age of 58 years, because I enjoy it. It’s only taken me 42 years in the work-a-day world to discover that what I really get a kick out of is teaching people to do something that I know how to do. Drive, and not just move a vehicle around on our roads, but really DRIVE. Safely, hazard free and defensively.
Today, after coaching, mentoring and advising a young lady who was struggling with her own sense of self-confidence on the road, struggling with family reticence from a cultural perspective toward aiding a daughter over a son in achieving something she so badly wanted, the young lady in question successfully passed her Practical Driving Assessment. She can now proudly display front and back of any vehicle she chooses to drive, on her own. She is now a free agent. Free to come and go as she pleases, at one with her peers. One very, very happy young lady.
Also – and here’s where it gets embarrassing – very grateful to your’s truly. Not only did she happily pay me $155.00 for the 2 hours it takes to run a Lesson-and-Test for a client, but even before she departed on her test, she gave me a box of chocolates as a personal “thank you”. I don’t teach people to drive for the gifts, far from it. But…..WOW…..what a buzz it is to have one’s efforts recognised on such a personal level. Thank you Sony, the thoughts mean so very much. I’ll try not to eat too many at once.