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Dealing with depression and anxiety

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by charlietheowl, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. DramaQueenMokey

    DramaQueenMokey Well-Known Member

    Different relatives who are nice enough to do so...I have a license and car, I just am unable to drive due to the laws in my state regarding things associated with my illness (epilepsy).
  2. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    I don't drive myself. Even though my parents want me to drive right away, I just want to wait because I have a fear of getting into accidents.
  3. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    All it really comes down to is concentrating and using your common sense when driving.

    End of the day, it's something we all have to get used to to succeed in life unless you live in the city and/or have a medical condition.
  4. 1000 Eyes

    1000 Eyes Well-Known Member

    This is true. Plus remember, if done calmly, carefully, and right, driving can also be a lot of fun. I thoroughly enjoy my time behind the wheel, of course keeping in the back of my mind that I can kill myself and someone else with it at the same time. The safer, the better.

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  5. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Time magazine did a study earlier this year about your generation (labeled "iGen", instead of Snowflakes).
    It seems your generation places safety among your top priorities, which is admirable. However, it also keeps many of you indoors and reluctant to try anything. That can be counterproductive in the long run.

    Your parents aren't going to be around to drive you forever, and at some point, it's a fear you have to overcome, or it will overcome you.

    The older you get and you don't drive (unless you live in a big metro area and have access to public transportation, like busses, subways, etc.) that will severely limit your options for jobs, schooling, social gatherings, etc. If you're totally dependent on your parents driving, your options might be pretty slim.

    Unless that's what you're willing to settle for.

    I've been driving for 30+ years. The other night, I hit a deer (or the deer hit me). Crumpled the hood, did about $1,800 in damage. But neither my wife or I were hurt. The body shop can fix the car, move on.

    Yes, I had AN ACCIDENT!!! But what am I supposed to do? Quit my job? Quit my church band? Let down a lot of people who depend on me to show up for various commitments?
    Accidents happen. Yes, it shook me up. But no fear is big enough to keep me from doing what I need to do. I need to drive because others depend on me.
    Someday you're going to have to drive (most likely) because You are going to have to depend on you. Fear or no fear.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Last year, I accidentally backed into someone and dented the hatchback and rear fender of my mom's car.

    When I told her, she turned into a mix of Donald Duck, Animal, and the Hulk - never saw her so mad before in my life, and took her almost an entire day to calm her down.
  7. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I can sum up your state of mind right now in two words: False Guilt.

    You are not a horrible person in God's eyes.
    You deserve more than you'll give yourself credit for.
    You are not a burden.
    You might be going through a rough time, but guilt can cripple you.
    You've already accomplished so much. You're not harming yourself anymore,
    you're in grad school, you are DOING SOMETHING with your life.
    Don't let guilt take that away from you.
  8. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the wise words.
  9. LittleJerry92

    LittleJerry92 Well-Known Member

    Yesterday I actually backed into a guy's car by accident when I was pulling out of the parking lot near my grocery store (I think he was backing out, too). Thankfully no injuries or dents and we both apologized and went on with our ways.

    I'm just glad the guy was respectful as I was.

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