Whether it was my first car or my latest car, purchasing and owning a new vehicle is always a thrilling experience.
Two months ago my car started making a little roaring sound which progressively got worse until it was almost deafening. I figured it was the muffler. Then about a month ago the tires felt out of alignment. “Just what I need! A big expense!” I thought. It was hitting at the worst time because I’ve been laid off of my job and don’t have funds to spare.
I took my car into the dealership to get an estimate of all the things that needed fixing. As it turns out, things were worse than I knew…
- There was a recall on the tire mechanism that would be fixed for free. The tires would be aligned for free when this was completed.
- I needed two new back tires in the rear. Without buying two new tires, my car would not pass inspection.
- The loud roar was not my muffler. The car was missing one of the engine brackets. Without fixing this problem, my car would not pass inspection.
- My car needed to have a new inspection sticker by 12/31/2013.
I left the car dealership without having anything done, but made an appointment for early one morning the following week for the tires and another one for everything else.
Even though I don’t have a job, I still get up at the same time every morning to take a shower, wash my hair, put on my make-up, cook breakfast and then begin my quest for a new job. The other day I had also made an appointment to have two new back tires put on my car from a tire shop not too far down the street called Mincz Tire Service, Inc. They are really nice, down to earth people. I love people who aren’t arrogant or condescending especially with someone who is obviously less knowledgeable in the subject of their expertise.
Anyway, while they worked on putting on my new tires, I patiently sat in their no frills waiting room snapping a few pictures, texting people and cleaning out messages on my phone.
The next task was to make my way back to the dealership to have everything else fixed a few mornings later. I left my car there and Alyssa drove me home to wait. Many hours later, the service department called to have me go pick up my car. My mom’s hubby drove me up there and I braced myself to fork out a whole bunch of money.
At the last minute I asked them to change my windshield wiper blades and I waited in a new car that was parked outside the service windows.
It was a nice car, however, I knew that a whopping big car payment was not in my immediate future. Besides, there was not much difference in the new car interior and my car except for the gorgeous leather seats. I was really excited to get my own car back with everything fixed again, so I wasn’t really having new car envy. I didn’t have to wait long for the windshield wiper blades to be installed and after forking over all the gold in Fort Knox, I was ready to drive back home.
Not only were the tires smooth as silk on the road, but the ride was completely silent. No longer was there a roar. Instead, there was total silence.
The sun shining brightly on my head through the sunroof as I cruised SILENTLY down the highway and neighborhood back roads.
I really feel like I have a new car. It rides so smoothly and is so quiet that it feels like a totally different car from the one I was driving a week earlier. I’m just thrilled. So while I was driving to the grocery store I thought about how a new car can change your outlook. Actually, not only can a new car change your outlook on life, but so can a new job, new home, new relationship and even a new outfit!
Obviously, I need a new job to match the thrill I have with my “new” car and “new” PTSD-free life.
I also got something else new, but I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow because I want to take pictures when the sun is shining to give you the full impact of my new gift. I think you all will be shocked. Not as shocked as me, but still shocked in a thrilling kind of way.
Anyway, if you can’t go out and buy a new car, clean up the one you have and get it running smoothly. Then as you drive along, think about how wonderful it is that you have a working vehicle to carry you around everywhere you need to go. I think we can say that I am very grateful my semi-bald cord-showing tires didn’t have a blow out on the highway and my engine didn’t drop out of my car. The situation could have been so much worse than it turned out to be. I’m very happy with my “new” car and glad that I have the attitude of gratitude.
It is also nice that the police aren’t going to get me this year.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~