Myths in Early Intervention: Driving Sucks!

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?

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