I was pleasantly surprised to find that my friend Sean and I have been reading the same book – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (P.S.) I had started it once, and as I’m planning on purchasing a car in the near future, thought it might be good to pick up again.
First, I love this book.
Second, I really can see now how differently my husband and I think. He is very much a classical thinker, and I am very much a romantic thinker. So I don’t “get” maintenence of anything. And working my way through the book I realized that the problem was all about caring. I haven’t had a vehicle that I “cared” about for a while. They were all hand me downs, nothing that was “mine,” and I felt no ownership over them. So, to be honest, I have used and abused my cars. I have jam packed them full with things, I rarely feel the need to detail them, and I take it to a shop when work needs done. Now that Brandon and I are sharing HIS car, that same problem arises. I actually do treat his car pretty well… except for that time a few years back when I hit a parking pole, but that’s a completely different story.
But how is that going to change when I have a car that I, personally, have picked out and care about? Will I feel differently? Or are my natural impulses going to take over? I have a feeling that after having read this book and getting farther into the discussion of quality that I really do want to take the time to learn how to change the oil and figure out where the spark plugs are. I want to learn what my car sounds like so that I can tell if it sounds differently (currently a problem). I want to learn to take good care of the inside of my car. I want to maintain its quality and always learn something new about this amazing piece of machinery… not just treat it as something that gets me from point a to point b – which is how I have typically treated cars.