Google “driving in Sicily” and you’ll be bombarded by results telling you that you’ll (at best) be scared as hell and (at worst)… well, die in some crazy car wreck.
This last weekend, I rented a car in Sicily.
Sicily isn’t exactly… civilized about the way that they drive.
Stoplights are a suggestion.
Stop signs are a joke.
And using your blinker is for the weak.
There’s really only one rule to follow: do whatever you want and be clear about it so that everyone else can adapt accordingly.
As one of our tourist guides said in Rome about Italian drivers when crossing the street, “Don’t run — it confuses them.”
For our purposes, it’d be more like, “Don’t be wish-washy — you’ll die.”
With that in mind and not having driven a manual since high-school, I talked my wife into dishing out the extra $100 it’d cost for an automatic. The argument was something like, “Babe. We can either pay $100 more or we can die in a fiery car accident — what do you prefer?”
Anyways, shaking in my boots, we walked to the car rental place and the worker says, “Ah yes. Perfect. There’s only one problem — we don’t have any automatics. We only have manual cars.”
“Only one problem.”
Well, Mr. Car Rental Italian m8, we now only have two problems.
You’re making me drive a manual.
And I haven’t driven a manual since high-school…
I flushed white and swallowed my fears — everybody dies, right? Yes, I actually tell myself this when I get scared.
My wife smiled.
She’s a daredevil.
So we left. I killed the car once trying to put it into reverse and then off we went with my confused feet shuffling like a tap dancer on a trampoline.
But… we made it.
Despite my fear, despite unclear Italian driving laws, despite having not driven a manual since high-school…
And despite that I didn’t really want to get behind that damn wheel…
We did it.
And while that’s a small win, it’s a win nonetheless…
A win that proves you can do it, too — it being whatever you currently think you can’t do (build that business, stop that bad habit, or travel the world with your family).
But will you?