Grinding Gears

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Keys in the ignition.
Mirrors.
Clutch.
Brake.
Turn keys-engine.
E-brake.
Gas.
Inhale, exhale.
Nowhere to go but forward.
Look behind you, but don’t dwell on the past.
Focus forwards, where you want to be.
Clutch-shift.
Second gear.
Faster, gaining momentum.
Make your lists.
Plot your course.
Exhale.
It’s okay to be nervous.
Clutch-shift.
Third gear.
Don’t slow down.
Keep going.
Things are falling into place.
The gas tank is full.
Highway is approaching.
Steel yourself for the inevitable.
No distractions.
Clutch-shift.
Fourth gear.
Faster, faster.
Pass some.
Get passed by some.
Everyone’s pace is different.
Everyone has their own style.
Automatics tend to be impatient, less focused.
Sticks are patient, aware.
There are four different things running through your mind- running parallel.
Mirrors.
Speed.
Clutch.
Gas.
Fifth Gear- overdrive.
Full speed ahead.
Some cars seem like they’re standing still.
Others still pass.
Inhale, exhale.
Focus.
It’s your car. Your trip.
Mile markers increase in number.
Roll the window down.
Relax.
Exhale.
Roll your shoulders.
Turn the radio up.
You love this song.
Sing.
Laugh.
Smile.
It’s just you & the highway.
Lose yourself in the zone.
The wind whistles past the window.
The engine purrs like a content housecat.
You’re driving.
You’re in control.
Mirrors- just for good measure.
Gas-check.
*DESTINATION AHEAD*
Clutch-brake-shift.
Back to fourth.
Clutch-brake-shift.
Third.
Clutch-brake-shift.
Second.
Clutch-brake.
Stop.
E-brake.
Keys.
Exhale, inhale, exhale.
It’s okay to be nervous.
You traveled a while to get here.
You & the road.
You were certain back at mile marker 247.
You’re certain now.
Just one foot in front of the other.
Step-step-step-step.
No turning back.
You can only go forward.
Inhale, exhale.
You’ve come this far.

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