From the Coordinator I remember when I was first learning to drive a car. The concept of operating a 4,000-pound object with 10,000 moving parts was overwhelming, to say the least. Separately, my parents took me to parking lots to help me practice my moves and to answer my questions. Which pedal ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   January 01, 2012
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Coordinator's Column   |   January 01, 2012
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SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2012, Vol. 17, 2-3. doi:10.1044/gero17.1.2
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2012, Vol. 17, 2-3. doi:10.1044/gero17.1.2
I remember when I was first learning to drive a car. The concept of operating a 4,000-pound object with 10,000 moving parts was overwhelming, to say the least. Separately, my parents took me to parking lots to help me practice my moves and to answer my questions. Which pedal is for what? When do I accelerate? How much pressure do I apply to the pedal? Which mirrors do I look into? Am I really going to take this death box on the open road, where one mistake could cost me and everyone around me our lives? There were so many things to keep track of simultaneously. As an adolescent with limited experience and judgment, I had to rely upon the sometimes contradictory advice of two people with very different driving styles; when my father told me to speed up, my mother told me to slow down. Yet, the desire to achieve the freedom that I saw to be inherent in a driver's license was too appealing to let my fears get the better of me. Desire drove me to persist beyond my lack of faith in my skills.
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