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Monday, 11 March 2013

Flat

We hit a pothole in the middle of nowhere - it was dark, no street lights and virtually no verge to pull over to.

We called the NRMA who initially said they'd call a tow truck - with three kids in the car it was going to be a costly hassle (ie 2 taxis home...) but with a bit of maneuvering the NRMA guy managed to change the tactic, and the tyre was changed.

While in the grand scheme of things, this was a minor blip, I noticed a few things:

1. Things seem worse in the dark.
2. When you are tired and in a bad place, things seem worse than they are.
3. There is always someone to help you, waiting in the wings, as long as you aren't afraid to ask for help.

While in this case, it applied to a tyre, a minor inconvenience and the wonderful roadside service of the NRMA, I think it's applicable to life.



19 comments:

  1. That must have been freaky - I have a RACQ membership ever since I had kids just in case I got caught out and hubby was at work.
    And yep the dark makes things TOTALLY scary x

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  2. Profound thoughts, Miss Lydia. I'm very bad at number 3, and usually get stuck at number 2. In life, not so much with tyres. With tyres, I'm yelling HELP ME I"M NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO GET THESE BLOODY MACHINED ON LUG NUTS OFF!

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  3. Profound thoughts, Miss Lydia. I'm very bad at number 3, and usually get stuck at number 2. In life, not so much with tyres. With tyres, I'm yelling HELP ME I"M NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO GET THESE BLOODY MACHINED ON LUG NUTS OFF!

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    1. Yes - my worst is number 1. I lie awake at night with all the worries of the world...much better at 3, and have spent a few weeks of late at number 2...As for tyres, that's what the nrma are for.!

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  4. That's the big thing isn't it, actually asking for the help we need. I struggle with that, as it can often feel like admitting we aren't good enough.

    So glad you got the help you needed, I would have been shitting myself in your position.

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    1. Forgot to add...

      #teamIBOT was here!

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    2. I like the sense of knowing that help is there - I remind friends when I can, even if they choose not to take it - but that knowing help is about is almost as important as the help itself...

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  5. A perfect analogy! I once busted a tire on my way to voluntary work. It was ironic. But, as you say, someone was there to help within half an hour, so it wasn't too bad. xx

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    1. And yet the tire is appropriate as my title flat was both my state and my tyre...

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  7. Oh no, that would be scary. I totally agree that things seem worse in the dark. I'm glad you got it all sorted.

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    1. Probably why there are so many sayings about the dark...

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  8. It's hard when you have a car load of kids isn't it. I could change it myself but I can also be watching exactly where each of my kids are. So I nearly always call for help!

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  9. I could never change it myself - I'm with Kim and the cursing machine drilled bolts. You need to head over to enid bite 'em's post on empowerment. I would say changing tyres is empowering...or would be for me...

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  10. So true, so simple, and yet sometimes so hard to remember or appreciate (for me, it's number two). I'm glad you made it home safe :)

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    1. yeah, number 2 is the tricky one to beat...

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  11. Totally applicable to life! I need to remember this when I make more of a situation than is realistically needed!

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  12. So true - everything is worse when you're tired. And I gladly pay my RACQ membership each year, it's a massive peace of mind.

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