When was the last time you had a serious conversation with someone on the passenger's seat? Today? Yesterday? Perhaps never. Yet, I find it easier to articulate my thoughts when I'm behind the wheel. It's sort of like speaking while drunk--though I have never been drunk so I can't quite use that as an example, can I? What I mean is the lack of inhibition, the absence of shame and fear that came with being in control of a moving vehicle. I don't know. Maybe it's because of the fact that I do not have to establish eye contact because, after all, I have to keep my eyes looking forward or on the mirrors to make sure I'm not driving us to our deaths, or perhaps it's because the person sitting on the passenger's seat has nowhere to go and nothing else to do but listen to you.
It's really difficult to explain.
I told my sister that I think I don't believe in God the other day.
I don't think I could have done that in any other setting. She disagreed with me, of course, and normally I would have simply accepted her opposing views without question because I don't like arguments, but because I was driving and had the inhibition I mentioned above, I was able to explain my perspective.
She still told me to rethink my beliefs--or lack thereof-- but at least I able to speak of a topic that is pretty taboo to most people.