I wish life had a “pre-living” licence test



That’s what I felt when I passed my driving test and was approved for a license.

To get a license in Texas, you need to go through a driver education course (ages 18-24), a written and road test. The “drivers Ed” and the written was easy – I aced it. But the road test was the real thing: Your performance behind the wheel (beside the examiner) determines if you have learnt.

I was initially intimidated by the highly organized road network and didn’t quickly get used to the many signals and road signs – that told on my confidence behind the wheel

I failed the first time.

Next trial: I failed. Because I drove on the center lane at a back street. The road marks were faded though, and I couldn’t see them well, but that wasn’t enough excuse.

Though I added this to my prayer list, I re-reviewed the driver’s handbook to see my errors, and had one more month to drive before the next road test.

I passed on my third trial.

And I resisted the urge to pose with my license in a selfie!

LOL! I am too old for that, right?

Okay, I know it took me a little too long but don’t laugh at me.

“I know how to drive” you might argue. But everyone who has passed through this process know what I’m talking about.

Of course, anyone can pick a car and rev it!

But you know, most accidents are as a result of crude driving. Fine details like checking your blind spot for cars hidden from your field of vision, parallel parking, proper signaling and observation might be the thin line between an accident and joyful ride.

It’s really not a piece of cake.

I thought I knew how to drive too. I’ve been driving in Nigeria since 2011. I was “professional” and careful. But the process of license testing showed that I hadn’t mastered some of the skills of defensive driving – driving safely as well as driving safely away from drunk drivers and poorly trained drivers.

I remember my post on pilots and drivers. (you can read it here)

Unlike most drivers, Pilots are thoroughly trained, frequently retested and are dedicated to the flying business without distractions. Most drivers are inadequately trained, never retested and are heavily distracted (phones, grooming, food, etc.) Every single day, I pass by accident scenes to and from work.

The tests primed me for the road. I learnt observation, positioning and signaling – three things important to prevent an accident, causing yourself or others bodily injury.

And I decided that, regardless of what others did after securing a license, I will drive safely.

This experience taught me a few things about life.

Life is pretty much like a journey through uncharted terrain and every one I’ve ever met wants to have a wonderful ride. With fewest tickets and accidents.

I do too.

But you know, unlike driving, life doesn’t have a pre-living license testing.

I wish it did.

But No, you just have to live. No one bosses you around. You have to apply yourself to the lessons of life.

Pity. If you haven’t learnt how to live.

We all need a guide. And someone has offered – Jesus. And freely.

Jesus said,

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

Connect to Him today.

Let him thoroughly teach and guide you as you live. Spend time in His word, and time talking to Him. And as you live, he teaches you, you learn, grow and shine…

And this amazing cycle continues…

With Him, there will be drunk drivers and accidents around you but you’ll never crash. Guaranteed! You will rather be the one to help them to safety.

Moral of the story: Life has no pre-living license test. It has a little margin for fatal errors. Live it right the first time. Live it with Jesus.

Any thoughts? Throw me some comments below.



Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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