as a student at an all girls high school I grew up on a staple diet of “girls can do anything” propaganda. Somewhere along the way, I replaced the mantra with my own “just don’t muck* it up”
Last weekend an opportunity to take my girls on an impromptu holiday to Fraser Island presented itself. The only thing between us and a week on Orchid Beach was fear. I had to four wheel drive the length of Fraser Island to get there.
The girls were angels. The tracks were in good nick. My sister-wife Susan gave me pointers via two-way radio** and we made it.
For my efforts we’re enjoying a week in paradise, but there was another unexpected pay-off: pride. Each day - as I do more and more four wheel driving - I’m realising I’m capable of much more than I gave myself credit for and it feels pretty good.
Perhaps you can teach an old dog new tricks after all.
* this may not be the actual word I use.
** you can read why I took Susan as my sister-wife here.
Well done you! I'm fully impressed. I would love to take a 4WD course, we want to get into it ourselves now we have one 🙂
Amanda Smyth says
It's a lot of fun Sarah. I'm sure you'll love it. 🙂
Woo! I've realised I have more driving anxieties than I want to admit lol
Great work Amanda! I just got chills at the anxiety I know you feel when driving like that. I've driven Fraser Island a fair bit but always had my Dad with me- never done it by myself. You are a superstar ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Amanda Smyth says
Up until now, I've mostly been a passenger Emma. I've had the Frozen CD on high repeat to keep the kids from arguing while I concentrate. I'm sure all the 4WD pros work under such conditions! 🙂
Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me says
You wee legend, I bet the adrenalin buzz was magnificent, have a relaxing and fun time my friend. xx
Nicole- Champagne and Chips says
Ahh what a lovely story.
I am about to start a new job with a (big, very nice) company car and I have only ever driving my crappy old, small Nissan Pulsar. I'm hoping I cope as well as you did.
Suzanne Dang says
Sounds wonderful! Hope you and your kids had a lovely time, Amanda! P.s Found your blog via Maxabella Loves. Keep up the good work!
Miss Chardy says
We can always do so much more than we think we can. I am always so so so scared when I have to drive in mud out here, but I somehow manage to get through.... I may have sweaty palms and be nearly in tears by the end but we get through.... feels good to. Well done to you, I am proud of you!!!