Yesterday I parallel parked.
This may not be a big deal for many of you, but for me, it was a big deal. I flunked parallel parking during my driving test way back in 1980 and haven’t mastered it since. Growing up in the country didn’t require a lot of street parking, so it was never a priority. Since then, I have just avoided it all together. The few times I have attempted it, my rims have paid the price.
But yesterday, I did it.
It was either parallel park or forfeit a much-needed parking spot. So I faced my mountain. I don’t know what got into me, but I not only parallel parked, but I did it beautifully, without scraping my rims, without pulling out and in several times.
I did it one time, and one time only.
I was so thrilled, I smiled. Laughed. And high-fived my friend Lois who was in the passenger seat, while exclaiming, “I did it!” Lois was quite impressed.
And so were the people walking along the sidewalk. Really. No lie. They commented on how well I parallel parked. I was beaming. In fact, I’m still beaming today. Beaming so much that I thought it necessary to blog a story. Tell the world. Or at least you, my blogging friends.
Here’s what I really want to tell you though, that’s even more important than parallel parking: When we do something hard, overcome obstacles, achieve something we never thought possible, something happens inside of us. We smile. We laugh. We high five. We beam and maybe even blog.
We’re better because of that big thing.
I’ve been away from blogging for a couple months. Been in the middle of a move and a distressed computer. But I’ve been writing still, about big things inside of us. About Momentous Living, my book that has morphed from Momentous Health. I’m still shooting for an October launch. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, go conquer big things.