I don't drive.
In fact, I CAN'T drive.
I don't have a licence. I've never had a lesson. I've never applied for a provisional licence, or studied for a theory test, or looked longingly at a car and said "that's the car I want to get one day once I have my licence."
On the occasions this comes up in conversation, it tends to be met with open mouths or "You're kidding?" comments, or queries about whether I'm learning or have failed my test or when I intend to START driving?
At the moment, I never intend to learn.
I honestly don't see the need. I never have.
I grew up in a town in an area where everything was accessible to me by foot. My school. My library. The train station which led to Glasgow (albeit in 25 minutes). The pubs I couldn't really get into.
My parents, despite both being able to drive, are big walkers. So I guess that is part of the reason why I DO like to walk as much as possible, it's just the way I was brought up. I am not much for walking just for the sake of it, but if I can get in some exercise by walking from my place to the shops, or to work, I will do so.
In fact, my round trip to work and back is between 4 and 5 miles. Every day. Suck on THAT.
(I should stress that, apart from the occasional taxi - if weather is extreme or I'm supremely hungover - or a lift from a friend - that I'm always walking it. Let's estimate 98 % of the time. Go me.)
There are only a few times when my lack of being able to drive proves a hindrance. And that would really just be the times when I'm off-site in work (not going to be a problem anymore anyway), or when you're at the mercy of someone giving you a lift back from somewhere further afield - they get to decide when you leave and you just have to go along with that.
Now THAT sucks, but apart from that . . . it's all good.
In addition, not one member of my family passed their test first time. In fact, it took both my sister and brother multiple attempts to pass. And although my brother now uses the family car to drive to work (and occasionally drive me back to Glasgow after I've been over in my hometown visiting), I don't think my sister has driven a car since she was sent her licence all those years ago.
I don't handle failure pretty well and it seems fairly inevitable that I WOULD fail at least once before I managed to pass.
Driving lessons are expensive. As is sitting (and re-sitting again and again!) the test. Then you have to buy a car. Pay for tax. Pay for insurance. Pay for petrol. Pay for parking.
Money money money.
Money I don't have. And if I did, I'd far rather spend it on a house.
Or, you know, other practical stuff. Like clothes. And books. And rose wine.
And speaking of rose wine, driving would mean less of that. (Me no likey that thought.)
But here's the clincher. Here's the reason you REALLY don't want me to ever consider learning to drive. You know how I suffer from extreme pavement rage pretty much anytime I leave the house? The anger I experience when someone stops really suddenly in front of me so I nearly run into them, or how when a cyclist nearly runs me over on the pavement I'm really tempted to push them over?
I'm worried this has the potential to translate into even WORSE road rage. Like if someone cut me up, I'd probably start to shake and sweat, and steam would come out of my ears and I would turn into some Incredible Hulk Paula person and expand in size and just burst right out of my car and start stomping around the street and picking up other cars and flinging them around in my anger.
I think I'm starting to get confused with King Kong here, aren't I?
But would you really want to witness that???
I think it's better for all concerned if I continue to be a pedestrian, don't you?
Okay, that's what I'll do. Thanks for your understanding. :)
Driving. Do you drive? CAN you drive? Do you have a licence but just don't drive anyway? Are there any licence-less people out there like me? Or am I all alone? (Waaahhhh!!!) So many questions...
PS There's a chance I'm still drunk from last night. This may have came across in this post. For that, I don't apologise. It's more fun this way. :)