My Greatest Fear.

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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.

19 thoughts on “My Greatest Fear.”

  1. I remember you talking about that journey, it was September 2012, if memory serves me right. At the time you said that I, who drove everywhere on my own, was the inspiration for you. Now you are gadding merrily about while I am grounded. How life changes.
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  2. I’m not a person who hankers after luxuries, although I do send out the ironing sometimes. And having a cleaning woman coming into the house is a drag for me, because instead of getting to put my feet up and feel like a memsahib, it’s my official duty to supervise the woman and make sure she behaves herself. So no trouble saved there. My MIL and SIL get to feel like memsahibs, not me. But one luxury I would really go for is a chauffeur driven car. Some of my friends have them, and for sheer, freaking convenience, you just can’t beat them.

    1. You are right but the joy and pleasure of driving long distances listening to some good music and being acclaimed for such achievements is worth a great deal to me at my present physical condition.

  3. The quote reminds me of a boss I once had. His favorite was, “There’s never a problem so big that you can’t run away from it.”

    I drive around our little town when there’s not much traffic, but my eyes are too bad not to be a hazard for much more than that. Fortunately I have a friendly chauffeur.

    1. Jean, in my experience some problems have a way of catching up with you, even overtaking you, no matter how fast you run. Roadrunner knew this intuitively. I’d love to know what became of your boss with an attitude like his. Ruin?

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    1. I have just returned from another long drive to a friend’s factory which is about thirty Kms away from my home. It was exhillarating but was a bit of a let down towards the end due to a traffic jam.

  4. That’s great that you conquered such a major fear and came out the other side. Personally my major fear is increasing mental and physical decline as I get older. I’m so used to being fit and healthy that I would find any serious deterioration hard to cope with.
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  5. I do like your take on conquering a fear, that is a good slant on it. I have conquered many fears in the last few years giving the time and opportunity.

    One being getting on stage and actually not passing out. 🙂

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    1. Yes, that one is a universal one. Since I was exposed to dramatics in school and subsequently through the good offices of a friend was in the toast masters club, I really did not have much problems when I had to get on stage,

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