Mondays. 16:22. Keeping it dangerously close to the mark, I climbed into my car to drive to the house of one of my guitar students. In keeping with usual procedures, I executed the same three-point turn in the same stretch of road that I’ve performed thousands of times…only the noise was different. The boot of my car was unusually full with musical equipment; perhaps the turn had caused them to move? That seemed to suffice as an explanation – well, at least it did until the noise increased with the acceleration of the car. A dull, continuous scraping noise fought for my attention over anything the radio could throw at me. Something wasn’t right. I didn’t get very far.
My car had a flat tyre.
There are not many words that can adequately describe the sheer exasperation that accompanies such a realisation. The frustration and ruthless inconvenience caused by nothing more than a tyre. From this moment onwards, I’m going to call those experiences ‘flat tyre moments’.
Come to think of it, I can think of a whole host of flat tyre moments in my life. The sorts of times where, totally unexpectedly, life throws a little surprise at you at the most unhelpful or unexpected of times. I’ve learnt two simple things from today’s issue that I think applies to the other flat tyre moments in my life:
1. It’s OK to ask for help.
I won’t lie to you. I wouldn’t be able to change a tyre on my own. It’s just not something I’ve ever been interested in. Had I tried to do it by my own knowledge and understanding, I would probably have failed miserable. Had I not asked for help, I wouldn’t have reached my destination. My mum graciously let me borrow her car to get to where I needed to be and whilst I was out, my brother very kindly switched the tyre with the spare for me on my car. I would have been lost without them! In life’s flat tyre moments, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
2. Be Prepared
Luckily for me, I had a spare tyre in the boot of my car. Without it, I would be in a particularly tricky situation! The impact of flat tyre moments can be reduced with the right preparation, thought and foresight.
It’s only a matter of time until I hit another flat tyre moment – I’m going to be sure to remember these lessons next time!