On Thursday morning after I dropped off Little Brother at preschool, the “low tire pressure” light came on in my car. This is the kind of thing that can derail me, especially these days, when my usual reserves of resilience are running on empty. The thing is, for as long as I’ve been a driver – coming up on 20 years this spring (!) – I’ve never learned how to take care of a car. Sure, I fill it with gas and have even been known to refill the washer fluid and replace the wiper blades, but somehow basic car maintenance has become one of those things that I pay someone else to do.
When that light came on, my to-do list was already backed up like cars in traffic. I didn’t have much time and wasn’t really sure where to go to ask for help anyway. So, for whatever reason, I decided to ask myself.
Or, rather, I asked Google.
After a quick search, I found out that my problem wasn’t really much of one: I had to check the pressure in my tires and then fill them up to the amount specified in my handy-dandy user’s manual. After a trip to the auto parts store to buy a pressure gauge, a quick drive across the street to the gas station, a few minutes, and one chipped nail later, I was in business and on my way, fully impressed with my ability to do a simple task I’d spent years thinking I didn’t know how to do.
And wondering how often I assume “I can’t” when “I can” isn’t so hard at all.
When was the last time you impressed yourself? Are there any basic things that you’ve convinced yourself you don’t know how to do? Do you know how to fill your car’s tires?