Myth #2: Driving Sucks.
I drive in some of the worst traffic and most crowded streets and freeways in the world i.e: Los Angeles, California where it has taken me over an hour to go 2 miles down the road.
But does driving all day really suck?
Not in the least.
For me, my car is my sanctuary and the time I spend driving is my time.
When I get in the car, I can tune out the world for a minute. I can turn on the radio, some music, or a podcast if I want to. I can call a friend or family member and chat with them. I can be interrupted if someone does call me, but I don’t have to if I don’t want to. I can do any of this or nothing at all.
Bottom line, I can do whatever I want to do for those 10, 15, 30 minutes in between appointments.
After having worked in schools and in clinics, I come to value the time in my car so much. I truly can take a break if need be and sometimes I’ll do just that. I’ll take a moment once I park at my next house, close my eyes for a minute, and just be.
Another part I love about driving is when I have students with me. The time spent driving is time for us to chat and prepare or debrief about a session. It’s time where we can get into some deep conversations about OT. And it is this time that can be difficult to find in other practice settings.
And lastly, if I get a cancellation in the middle of the day or schedule in a little extra time between sessions, I can run a quick errand and not have to wait until after 5pm or the weekend in order to do it.
So while I drive a lot and sometimes I just want to get from point A to point B, the time I spend in the car is priceless and the benefits that I get out of having that time far outweigh the negatives.
What do you think? Does driving suck? Or do you see the value in it?