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“What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.”
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti.
And that is exactly what I did with my only fear and therefore I suppose my greatest fear, which was taking the car for long drives without any one else accompanying me. As difficult as it may be to accept my claim that I have no other fears, it is a fact that I am prepared to defend if my readers want to question via the comments facility on this post.
Let me explain. Though for most of my working life I had the privilege of chauffeur driven cars and had to drive only short distances for shopping etc in the evenings or visits to friends on holidays; I come from the generation that learnt how to change tyres when there was a puncture, make minor repairs on the run to keep our cars running.
Since 2001 when I underwent revision to my replaced hip joints, I have been afraid of going on long drives alone for the simple reason that I would be stranded for hours if I had a flat tyre as I would not be able to exchange it with the spare. Despite very much improved conditions of our roads and better cars with better tires, I had this fear of having a flat and tried to either avoid taking my car or hiring a driver to take me wherever I wanted to go. Naturally, this limited my range as I had to return the same evening as drivers are not available for overnight duties.
Finally, I took matters into my hand and went on one long drive last September and have not looked back since. I now go on long drives on my own and so far have not had a problem bar one when I had a problem with the fuel supply which I was able to solve on my own and get the major clean up done at the destination town.
In fact, I went off on a long drive just the day before yesterday on an errand and was elated at my ability to do so alone. I intend doing many more such trips in the future too.