Lifescouts: Driving Badge

I think most people who follow my blog would already know my driving story; how I acquired my license and my adventures with Harry Mobile (yes, that is what my car is called and yes, it is named after Harry Styles) but for the sake of this Lifescouts badge, I will sum up my driving experience as well as I can.

I signed up for my license at Ilmu Baru, spent about four months attending talks and lessons and all that until I fixed a date for my JPJ test. I failed it the first time, was a mess because of it, and then later realised how silly I was for overreacting, and passed with flying colours during my second try. I had gotten my car a week before my first JPJ test, so on the day I got my license, I was already starting my Alor Setar exploration adventure. Not that there was anything much to explore in Alor Setar, but still, visiting the places you’ve visited a thousand times felt different when you were the one behind the wheel.

I started driving to school and tuitions then, and after school finished, I was (to quote the fabulous Ben Starling of Paper Towns) the designated driver for my friends on our small town adventures together, and now that I’ve started work, driving to work was now a routine too.

I think my “gila steering” days have completely passed me by, but there’s something very comforting about driving because it gives you a sense of control, and it’s proven to be quite a therapeutic activity.

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Author: Michelle Teoh

21-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

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