Only happy behind the wheel

A letter writer just wants to drive somewhere—anywhere—all the time. Do other people feel this too?

You bet, says our elder.

Dear EWC

I have a strong sense of wanderlust; I constantly feel an urge to drive somewhere, even if it’s just around the block several times. I love going for rides; other activities bore the hell out of me. My question is: Am I alone? Am I the only person who feels like this? Or do other people have a strong desire to just get in their car and drive somewhere, anywhere, even if it’s just up and down the boulevard?

Granny-Nora replies

I had to laugh when I read your letter. I, too, love to drive—anywhere! I grew up in the desert. In the daytime I was chasing jackrabbits and trying to keep from getting bit by rattlesnakes while hiking through the sage brush. Dad taught us to drive on dirt roads in the desert. By the time I had my license, all I wanted to do was drive out into the desert and watch the sunset.

Even now, driving is relaxing to me. I live in a fairly large city now, but traffic doesn’t bother me. I get behind the wheel and just chill out listening to music. Vacations are the best, though, as they usually involve driving over the mountain and then through the desert.

So, no, you are not alone. Driving can be very relaxing and soothing. Consider it a hobby. Just make sure you can afford the gasoline for that hobby.

Letter #: 417504
Category: Self-Improvement

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