Part of me wonders if the various 'failures' to actually finish lessons or be able to make test appointments is some higher beings way of telling me I shouldn't drive. I don't believe it though and had already made my mind up to book myself for a new set of lessons next year and really blitz them, do the driving test and get a drivers license. I need to for work these days if nothing else, plus having a set of wheels would make seeing friends outside London a lot easier.
Another reason also struck me this morning over breakfast. If you know how to drive you can actually volunteer to help with relief efforts around the world for people like The Red Cross. I've often thought about how I could go and help out but without any background in engineering, building or medicine I've always felt a bit inadequate in that department. I've helped raised cash and run the odd charity fundraiser at times but that's really been the extent of my effort. However, if I learn to drive (and then go for a heavy vehicle license on top of the regular one) I could donate some of my time to go abroad and help ferry food/supplies and try and be a bit of assistance on the ground.
Plus it'd probably get me to some countries that I'd never usually go to! It would on one hand be an adventure and something you'd never forget and on the other you'd actually be doing some real good and helping make a bit of difference to people who have possibly lost everything.