Imagine that one day, you had the chance to test drive a cherry red Corvette. A car that on most days, you might have glanced, at, but as a non car gal, you would not have thought much of it. But then, an opportunity to test drive a red Corvette appeared. Part of you wanted to drive it, the other part of you was intimidated by the lines, and the power and fame of the Corvette. What would a woman like you, never having truly “ooh’ed an ahh’ed” at a sports car before, do behind the wheel?
Well… I had the chance to experience a Corvette test drive (and several other Chevrolet cars) during the Traveling Mom Disney retreat thanks to Chevrolet’s sponsorship of our event, providing us with cars to learn about and test drive. And truly…although I like a nice luxury car, I am not often left awestruck by a car. But the shiny red Corvette that was parked in the lot, ready for us to hop in and drive…took me by surprise. It was as if there was a magnet pulling me towards it. I could not help wanting to touch it.
Except that I am not a Corvette kind of girl. It seemed too powerful. Too fast. “Too” everything. I took a picture in the passenger seat, pretending to be a “cool girl” in a “cool car” but taking it for a drive myself…never crossed my mind.
Until I lingered a little bit longer, looking at it…thinking that just maybe. Maybe I could give it a spin. It was “just a car” after all, and I do know how to drive.
But still, I wavered. I climbed into a Chevrolet Malibu as a passenger, and took a spin around the streets of Disney World with Teresa and Jenn. As we parked, I saw the Corvette again. I mentioned that maybe just maybe, I might want to drive it. I even started walking in the direction of the Corvette, only to turn around and climb into the Equinox that Jenn was going to test drive. But being incredibly wise, both Teresa and Jenn encouraged me to get back out, and into the Corvette. They asked a simple question, that of course, we all knew the answer to…”Would I regret not taking the chance to drive it?”
My Corvette Test Drive
Empowered and scared, I got out, and took my rightful place in the driver’s seat of the cherry red Corvette. The fabulous Otie McKinley, from Chevrolet PR, was my wingman. When he turned on the SiriusXM radio, “That’s the way I like it” boomed out of the stereo, nudging me to embrace that “cool gir” feeling as the seat design made me feel like I was one with the car. A feeling that honestly, I am not sure I have ever felt. As I drove out of the parking lot, I was giggling and smiling, enjoying the Florida sun and the feel of the car. And ok, if I am being honest…I felt pretty fabulous behind the wheel.
Driving back into the parking lot I realized that test driving a corvette was so much more than just a test drive for me. It was a reminder of what can happen when we are empowered to make every moment matter. A five-minute test drive is not going to transform me into a Corvette driving woman, who drives around with the top down, without a care in the world….but it is enough to remind me to push past my preconceived notions. A five-minute test drive in a corvette reminded me to push myself beyond what is easy…comfortable…and normal.
I must have seemed like a high school fan girl…with the smile on my face and my quick giggles. See for yourself…
That feeling…of empowerment, and spontaneous giddiness…is not something I am likely to forget anytime soon.
So here is the question…what would you have done? Is there a car that makes you feel empowered (and sexy)?
Chevrolet was a sponsor of the TravelingMom retreat, and Disney Parks was our host. All opinions are my own….and seriously, I could not have made up this feeling for the Corvette if I tried.