People view their cars in many different ways, ranging from utilitarian tools that they can use to commute to and from work, to luxury items and status symbols that might impress their co-workers, or help to land a date with that special someone.
In order to ensure that you have the best possible relationship with your automobile, however, there’s a good argument to be made that you should really be viewing your car as an extension of yourself, in a number of different ways and situations.
Here are just a few ways you should view your car as an extension of yourself.
BY SPENDING TIME MAINTAINING ITS APPEARANCE AND PRESENTATION
It’s probably fair to say that you pay a decent amount of attention to your personal presentation whenever you leave the house – whether that means spending hours on an elaborate hair and make-up routine, or whether it just means shaving, showering, and making sure that your clothes fit.
While we all know that it’s not good to judge a book by its cover, the fact of the matter is that we do all make certain assumptions about each other based on the way we present ourselves. Perhaps more importantly than this, however, the way we present ourselves frequently has a lot to do with how we perceive ourselves, and the level of confidence we experience on a day-to-day basis.
If you view and treat your car as a utilitarian tool, you may not pay a lot of attention to its appearance and presentation – and you may go for extended periods of time between visits to the car wash, among other things.
On a pretty deep psychological level, however, treating your car as an extension of yourself in this regard and paying attention to its presentation can really help you to feel your best, while also giving other people a better impression of you.
BY TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR BEHAVIOR AND AWARENESS WHEN ON THE ROAD
Most people are quite aware of their behaviour when they are out and about among groups of other people – and will typically take extra care to act conscientiously, and to avoid engaging in risky behaviours that can potentially cause harm or anxiety.
Part of this appears to have to do with the fact that human beings seem more directly empathic when facing other people in person. When behind the wheel, however, certain drivers feel a level of detachment from their fellow motorists that causes them to behave more recklessly and thoughtlessly.
No one wants to be responsible for a tragedy on the road, and to have to contact a vehicular manslaughter attorney. By taking responsibility for your behaviour and awareness while on the road, as if you were standing in a room with those other motorists, face-to-face, you’ll not only be a much safer driver, but you’ll also likely benefit from lower blood pressure too.
BY USING YOUR VEHICLE TO FACILITATE THE THINGS IN LIFE THAT YOU FIND REALLY MEANINGFUL
Life is full of great opportunities for adventure, self-discovery, and much more besides. But often we get caught up in our day-to-day routines and don’t really notice how much ability we have, on a regular basis, to pursue our dreams.
Viewing your car as an extension of yourself – particularly as a thing that helps to enhance your potential – can remind you to be proactive and outgoing, whether that means embarking on a road trip you’ve always meant to undertake, or just looking for your dream job further afield.
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