It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Big, big thank you to every single one of you who have asked when I’m writing my next post, you truly have made my day by doing that and you’re the reason I started typing this. To be honest with ya, I’ve felt pretty, bloody uninspired these past couple of weeks and felt very ‘urgh’ about things and as such, have been on many a ‘clear my head’ drive – which leads me onto the topic of this post, crazy how these things happen, ay?;)
I think there’s a lot to be said about the beauty of cars. Not in the ‘get me an Audi R8’ and ‘wow, what a brilliant engine’ kind of way, but in a ‘nothing cheers me up quite like driving around singing at the top of my voice’ type of way. Even when I’m in the best mood, I find it can always be improved by good music and a decent drive. On good days, I can be seen with the windows down (weather permitting, of course), blasting out songs like ‘One More Time’ – Daft Punk and ‘Galway Girl’ – not the Ed Sheeran tune but the original Steve Earle and Sharon Shannon song. There’s no feeling like driving down a country road, with the windows down and loud music. I’ve been really lucky sometimes have managed to catch some absolutely beautiful sunsets.
There’s also real brilliance in going on a ‘pissed off’ drive – safely, of course, no lawsuits here, please and thank you. There’s something really calming about having your mind focused on driving and letting the stuff that’s irritated you go while you focus on the road. I love doing this on my own, especially if I’m in a really bad mood, it just chills me out so much. Last week, I just got in my car and decided I wanted to drive, so headed out of the city and ended up in the countryside on a gorgeous day.
It’s also great to go with one of your friends. Let’s throwback to… I was about to say throwback to when I used to go for pissed off drives with my best friend Leila and then I realised I still do. I have a lot of fun memories though from when I was really hung up on a guy last year and I wasn’t getting anywhere, cue a lot of drives singing to Beyonce, Ciara, Adele and ‘Hair’ by Little Mix on repeat – ever so tragic to admit but ever so true. And you know what? It BLOODY helped! Let me tell you, you can get a lot of laughs from editing the lyrics to sassy songs to fit your situation about a twatty guy. There’s also just a lot of fun in dancing in your car with your best friend, we often just start dancing and singing to the person in the car next to us at traffic lights and we’ve had some very funny responses, let me tell you. With some of the looks we get, anyone would think we’re driving around with Stormzy on full blast but there we are, jamming to 80’s hits and loving Lionel Richie. Side note, please don’t get too distracted dancing to Stevie Wonder and scrape your car on a post like I did.
Then, there’s also the beauty of a quick road trip. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve text my other best friend Alice saying ‘drive?’ only for her to reply two minutes later with ‘drive.’ Lots of the time we drive with absolutely NO direction, but we’ve driven back to Leeds loads, where I spent a lot of time growing up. By the time we end up back home, we’re feeling better and the back seats are littered with rubbish from the road trip essential – snacks. We’ll have stopped about five times on the way there and back to let Alice empty her SHOCKINGLY weak bladder and we’ll have picked up even more snacks at the service station. These drives are full of lots of laughs, conversations about things we need to get off our chest and Alice’s road trip essential which is sadly, music by Taylor Swift. I think there’s much to be said about getting out of where you live for a little while, even if it’s just an afternoon – it can really help to clear your mind, putting distance between you and whatever’s bothering you.
Finally, there’s the brilliance of ‘Car Therapy Sessions’ which involve sitting in a parked car and having a long, long chat. You can do it where there’s a nice view or outside of your house, I’ve found it doesn’t really make a difference, because the body of a car seems to act like a vault for secrets and shit that needs to be said. Honestly, I feel like there’s a real business venture in this because there’s something about cars which seems to make people more open – correct me if I’m wrong but you might have noticed it too. Extra points if it’s raining cause then you’ve got the whole ‘car talk movie scene’ thing going on.
So, who’s with me on this one? Cars are great for driving but they’re also a hub of laughter, fun and mood improvement. Go on a drive, it might help.
Stacks of love,