Yesterday I had a meeting at a hospital about an hour away from home. And I had to drive there!
If you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while, you know that I suffered from colossal driving anxiety only a few years ago. And I didn’t get my first car (a funky orange Ford Fiesta called Cecil), until I was 28 years old.
I now believe myself to be a competent drive. However, going somewhere I’ve never been before still makes me nervous. But with the mantra “feel the fear and do it anyway”, I set off. And all went well.
Until I arrived at the hospital and the Satnav told me to turn left. Which I did.
A bit too early.
Finding myself in the “Strictly for ambulances only” entrance of the hospital. In a slight panic, I searched for a way out, while the SatNav blared “Perform a U-turn when possible”. As if to mock me in my distress.
I ended up turning around in front of the emergency department entrance. Hanging my head in shame as patients, paramedics and doctors witnessed me blocking the ambulance access.
I escaped eventually and found my way into the main patient and visitor car park.
And as I sat in my car, breathing a big sigh of relief, I realised something astonishing.Read more