Today I had to help Big Tony at the farm with a little project. After owning our farm for 24 years (It’s true, the days are long and the years are short!) it was time for me to learn how to drive one of the tractors. I wasn’t mentally prepared as it was sprung on me but I was forced to do it.
You know that scene in Titanic where Rose almost falls off the front of the ship and Jack saves her, and the dude says “Women and machinery don’t mix”? I’ve always considered myself a woman and machinery don’t mix kind of gal. I’ve not had the best of luck with 3 wheelers (broken arm and upside down in a pond), 4 wheelers, (broken windshield) or cars (too many scrapes to remember). Therefore, I’ve steered myself away from any situation where I might put myself or other living beings in jeopardy with my driving skills in a new type of vehicle. That pun was intended! Especially one that is as big as a tractor!
Today was the day I had to shed my self limiting belief of not being able to handle learning how to drive something new. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I had anticipated it would be and all the different levers weren’t too intimidating. When I am faced with trying something I’ve never done before, I remind myself that if someone else did this before me, then surely I can do it too. I’m smart and I can certainly figure out how to do something new.
It literally took less than 10 minutes to complete the job that Big Tony needed help with. However, I felt so empowered after it was all done. For years, embarrassment and fear of failure blocked me from willingly asking to be taught how to drive any of our equipment. How many times in life do we create a false obstacle to block us from learning something new? There’s no age limit to learning new things if you have a teacher, hubby, friend, or sibling who has the patience to help you! What have you done lately to learn something new? I’d love to hear and maybe we can learn something new and fantastic together!