Two Things I love: Driving and Writing

I have tried to write something on driving many times. I always go off-roading and the piece of writing never gets done. I just can’t seem to keep the focus. I have so much to say about driving, I can probably write a book. I look at the car as most people look at their house.

On this attempt, I thought it might be easier to talk about writing and driving together. The topic of writing should keep me grounded because whenever I think about driving, I begin zoning-out. It has happened countless times.

Driving and writing are very much the same for me, in that they are both therapeutic. Both these actions allow me to enter a level of concentration where I am simply no longer part of anything else except what I am doing at that moment (driving or writing). I space-out to an extent where nothing else matters and I enjoy "waking-up", realizing that I had been doing something all along.

I just arrived home not long ago and as I was driving on the highway, I suddenly noticed how happy I was. There was nothing in particular that excited my happiness except that I had been concentrating on driving for the last little while. I was watching the setting of the sun, paying attention to the wind which was singing through my windows and my sunroof … everything was perfect. And I got lost in driving.

It is a liberating experience when You can focus on something You can enjoy and forget the world. The same thing happens for me when I write: I space-out to the point of losing most sense of what is going on around me. A mild form of meditation, I suppose.

Writing also goes hand-in-hand with driving. Not physical writing. I write in my mind when I drive. I can think about things which I want to write; I arrange and re-arrange thoughts … by the time I get home sometimes, I am ready to just sit down and write. This sort of happened with this piece today.

It was about time to write something about driving and when I realized how relaxing my drive was, I made a conscious decision to write about it when I got home while I was still on the road. I gathered some thoughts and prepared a rough copy in my mind. Then, I was suddenly home in front of the computer. I guess I drove myself home without thinking about it much by the end because I was thinking about writing.

Not many other actions make me as happy as driving and writing. While I was driving home today, looking at the sky I remember saying to myself:

“If I never had to stop to put gas, eat, sleep or go to the washroom, I would drive forever.”

And I would.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I can so relate. Ever since I was young I have loved driving and I am at peace when I'm driving, especially on the open road. I get it...I really get it. Great hub!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I spent the decade of my 20's driving...and drinking. I never heart anyone...never got a DWI.

I must be the best drunk driver in history - either that or drinking and driving is just another over blown POS bit of legislative and media scare mongering.

Nowadays...I drive a bicycle. I'm just that broke...attempting to make a living online!!!! LOL, what a job!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mr. Billybuc,

I am happy that You can relate. My love for driving happened at a fairly young age too. Driving meant freedom: I could always go wherever I wanted. The car and I become one when I get inisde, it is an unmatchable experience for me and I love it every single time I get behind the wheel - or any wheel, I can drive anything ...

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment. All the best!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Manual or automatic transmission????


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I started learning on a manual car when I was a teenager and I had my first three cars manual. Now I'm driving an automatic transmission. Manual cars are much more fun in my opinion and for one who drives through snow too, they are much more efficient in terms of not getting stuck.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Wesman, I met one man like You perhaps, who drove with a beer in his cup holder and he drove better than most other people on the road. I am not of that blood-line though. Alcohol does bad things to my vision after a point and I don't like it ...

Thanks for the read. Cheers!


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I love the feeling of becoming one with the car. Ironically, it feels very safe. Most of my best ideas are hatched in the car. It's truly an indescribable feeling.

Great hub as always! :D


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Although driving in the states can be relaxing and therapeutic, here in the Philippines it can be very nerve wracking and in all likelihood the driver will need therapy or a drink upon arriving at their destination. I like your hub.


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Spirit Whisperer 4 years ago from Isle of Man

When I read your hub I thought of the relationship between man and his horse. You are the modern version of the old style warrior who drives a pony but your values and principles have not changed. I love the symbolism you use in this hub and how you make being frugal and being free romantic and appealing. This hub awakens those qualities in all of us and in my opinion that is a good thing. I personally rarely drive or go anywhere. There was time when I spent most of my time in the air or in airports going from one country to another and never spent more than a year or two in any one dwelling. Now the furthest I go is to walk to the local school to teach and tend vegetables in my allotment also within walking distance. Thank you for another very special read.


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forall 4 years ago

In some cases driving becomes much annoying when facing traffic congestion daily. But when things are normal, it gives you a nice feeling of freedom.

"It is a liberating experience when You can focus on something You can enjoy and forget the world." So true.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment, Mrs. Daughter of Maat. Being all alone in the car gives me lots of time to think about things and like You wrote, to "hatch ideas". All the best!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Sorry for the nonsensical sud induced comment, Sir...I'm sure I saw the title as "drinking and driving" or "drinking and writing."

No telling, really...but suffice it to say I love all three!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Williams, I have only seen trafic in the Philippines on TV and it certainly does not look Relaxing. Haha!! I am lucky that here in Toronto, near dusk the highway gets fairly empty and that was the moment I caught yesterday. Thanks for the comment, cheers!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Mr. Wesman, as long as we do not hurt others: "to each their own", that's what I say anyway. Knowing oneself is the key and I am inclined to think that You know yourself. Cheers!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings, Mr. Spirit Whisperer. I love riding horses as well (and riding motorcycles too). So, I guess any partner that "walks" with me is good. : )

Thank You for the kind words, as always. All the best!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Happy to see You here Forall. Glad You took the time to read and leave me a comment. I can agree that sometimes traffic can become frustrating but luckly that was not my experience yesterday. Cheers! : )


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

You nailed it again. I used to love driving, too, but I keep hearing the petrol glumping through the carbs now.

As for writing, it's like good sex, you enjoy the journey but you can't wait for the finish

Bob


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

You always crack me up Mr. Diogenes! Love your comments, cheers!! : )


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Hello Mr. Happy. Driving is certainly a pleasure and so relaxing. And like you, I have arrived in my driveway many times, not realizing what roads I took, or remembering a single red light. But Mr. Happy, we are both wrong for doing that. Driving a 2 thousand pound vehicle, on streets with other human beings, we need to minimize distractions and concentrate on what we are doing. I'm starting today. Informative hub. Interesting and useful, voted so. Ann Davis


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Good to know your desires, Mr Happy.

I see you like those things in life where you are in command of yourself...driving and writing both involve your thoughts and your decisions.

voted up indeed!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mrs. Anndavis, I am glad to read other people's opinion on this subject. I do agree with You that when driving, we all need to be very careful.

All the best!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Ruchira,

your coment made this wolf smile. Haha ... I have to be careful with You in what I don't say. I'm joking. (Intent is perhaps the most powerful thing we have.)

You saw past the "games" though; I like that.

May Wakan Tanka walk with You! Cheers.


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

Thanks for sharing, Mr. Happy, glad to meet someone with the same love of writing and driving! I think what it is enthralling with these activities are their providing one (as one focuses one’s attention) with the point-to-point opening/passage as the previous moment moves to the next, as in flow. Despite limited opportunities, I’ve always written and driven (even in childhood, in my mind myself driving, while I was actually on the passenger seat watching my father drive) as much as I can. -Quirinus


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment Mr. Quirinus. You can talk about flow with me all day. I am guided mostly by Air and Water; flow and fluidity is what I will.

All the best! : )


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Quirinus 4 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

Nice to find someone guided by the basic elements. I could imagine you capable of writing interesting hubs along the line of harnessing the power of those elements.

Coming from your other hub, On Personal Power, I'm trying to suspend Reason and call up a thought from out of the blue: Star War's Quigon Jin's teaching his Padawan: "to focus on the moment. ... to feel, not to think."

Am honored to have chanced upon your presence on hubpages, thanks, Mr. Happy!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the many smiles your comment brought me Mr. Quirinus. The honor is mine.

"... to feel, not to think" - yes! Thank You for those words of wisdom as well.

May Wakan Tanka guide your path.


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

That is really interesting ..Driving and writing is really nice


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for your comment Mrs. Htodd. Indeed driving and writing (well, writing in my mind not literally) go well because I usually drive alone. In our busy societies, we rarely get time alone so, I think that is why for me driving and writing mix so well: I get time to think.

All the best!


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marwan asmar 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Nice one Mr Happy, so smooth, it shows that you combine both things together: The love to drive and the love to drive. It shows as well you can write anywhere, just thinking about stuff and putting it down to paper.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mr. Asmar,

very nice to see You pass-by! : )

Indeed I truly love driving and writing. I think it has something to do with flow ... I like fuidity and I am not one to sit put too long. I am almost always moving and when I am not moving physically, my mind is still flying.

I am mostly Air and Water. That is how I explain my love for flow, continuity and perseverance (keeps me going/driving/writing).

Thank You for your comment. All the best!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Great read my friend! I personally love riding two-wheelers or bikes...and writing too

Nice hub!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mr. Rahul,

I like riding bikes too but that is more of a fun/entertainment thing. For me cars mean fun but also work. I seem to need space as I travel with a lot of gear ... I can live out of the car, have done so many times before when on long road-trips.

Thanks for the comment. All the best!


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

Great conversation piece. I love driving too- it still represents freedom to me and I've been pretty down and out before but I've always owned my cars. Someday after raising my children I am going to get a new mustang or camaro or motor home and drive across the US.

Although there is not much "flow" living near the city...driving can be pretty miserable some days. But I love driving for a whole new reason when I had kids- it is a place where my kids are content...or fall asleep.

I'm glad you tied the two topics together because I think many of us can relate to at least one of them.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mrs. Izetti,

I am glad You enjoyed the writing.

I would certainly like an older model from Chevrollet myself: the Camero, IROC-Z. Love that car! : )

Thank You for the pit-stop here. Cheers!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I envy your enjoyment of driving. I'm betting you don't live in Atlanta, Washington or Seattle. We have reduced this pleasure to the lowest level of Dante's Paradise Lost. Driving in Atlanta, you don't just abandon hope, you abandon your sanity and reason.

But I have had rare experiences that must be what you seem to have on a regular basis. A afternoon in Denver before a conference started when I blew about four hours just driving into the mountains as far as I could go before I had to turn back and retrace the route. Now if I could do that every day, I'd be hooked too!

But stuck on the 285 at 5:15 p.m. any Monday through Friday, I curse Henry Ford and all he begot!

Congrats on your source if such delight!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"We have reduced this pleasure to the lowest level of Dante's Paradise Lost. Driving in Atlanta, you don't just abandon hope, you abandon your sanity and reason." - Haha!! I guess I found this funny because I do not live there ... sounds like tons of fun. I'll make sure not to plan on moving to any of those cities.

"I blew about four hours just driving into the mountains as far as I could" - I did that going north here in Ontario until I ran out of roads. Then, I went on a boat to go further north. Fun times ... I love road trips!

Thank You for stopping by and leaving me a great comment. Cheers!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Ah yes, writing must go hand-and-hand with something for many. I can definitely relate with how music and writing are to me: two things that are a part of me as driving and writing is a part of you. Great hub and great reflection! Voted up.

-KD


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Actually Atlanta, Washington and Seattle are three of my favorite cities on the planet, you just can't want to go anywhere in a hurry. I used to live in a very small town, and I came to understand the lack of traffic was indeed a quality of life issue as politicians in Atlanta had been saying for years. On the other hand, in a small town there is really nowhere to go in a hurry. A good place to enjoy driving.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mr. KDuBarry,

I can agree that music and writing also go well together. Or I can say that music, driving and writing go well together for me, as I am always listening to music when I drive ... I just thought of that ...

Thank You for taking the time to read and comment. Cheers!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

The more channels of creativity, the better, Mr. Happy!

-KD


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"On the other hand, in a small town there is really nowhere to go in a hurry." - I always enjoyed that quietness and slow paced life in smaller towns. Often times when I am traveling here in the northern parts of the province and/or country, I hear people talking about the city life as being the "rat-race". I do agree with them and many times I dread heading back to the city/rat-race. The great part is that I know I can always go on a road trip to the forest if the city's pressure gets on the annoying side. Canada is amazing in my opinion for that: there are still a lot of forests and lakes which are untouched and where one can find perfect solitude.

Thank You for stopping-by once again Mrs. Kathleen. I would like to visist Seattle one day. It stayed in my mind since 1999 when WTO met there.

All the best!


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Enjoyed your hub. Thanks for the fan mail, and I'll keep you posted about Paris.


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You, Mrs. SandraBusby! I loved Paris so, I would certainly like to read about other people's experiences there.

Cheers!


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

I'm with you on the 'driving forever' wish. Driving is gloriously relaxing inasmuch as the rest of the world ceases to exist. When I drive and write mentally I tend to forget what my brain was writing after I stop. You are lucky that you still remember - and actually write a hub. Excellent, Mr Happy


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the great comment, Mr. McNab. And sorry for my delay in answering.

I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment. And I am also happy You enjoyed the writing.

All the very best! : )

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