A few weeks ago I wrote about missing my car… Today I got it back and I was smiling from ear to ear as I peeled out of the body shop parking lot. It felt wonderful to be back in the saddle of my car again.
Here’s the funny thing. The luxury vehicle I’m referring to is a 2012 Chevy Cruze with over 175,000 miles on it. By most people’s standards it is far from a luxury car. That said, it felt magnificent driving it today as the car Ive been driving was definitely not a sweet ride.
I’m fascinated by how perspective really changes things. When I’ve gone to a movie with low expectations I’m often happily surprised by the movie. Just a month ago I was getting frustrated with my car and was wanting something different. After seeing what I could have on the other side of the equation I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got. Same car, the only thing different is my perspective. I’m now in a position in which I appreciate my car (& its heated seats, USB port, and bluetooth).
It will be interesting to see how long I can go back to my memory of driving off the lot today to remember how much I appreciate this car when I want a change. At some point I know that I’ll need to, but I’m pretty sure that as long as I can remember to appreciate what I have in my car I’ll be smiling.