A couple months ago I started to notice that my car had a shake when I was driving at certain speeds. I’ve been driving long enough to know that means my tires need balanced.

Around about the same time, my husband noted that one of my tires looked low. Who knows how long it’d been like that – because quite frankly, I never notice such things.┬áHe was right. It was low, like down to 18psi low. Clearly, something was wrong with that tire.

So, for the last two months, I’ve been filling it up with air every two or three days. I’d been intending to do something about it…but every day that I’d scheduled to take it in…well, something always came up.

Finally, this week, I bit the bullet. I didn’t have time to go do it, but I did it anyway.

So, I get to the tire center, and they tell me it’ll be an hour or so to fix the tire and rotate/balance them all. An hour is more than I’d like to sit there with nothing to do, so I walk (even though it’s like 15 degrees) across the parking lot to a coffee place.

I get a giant chocolate chip frappe something and whilst I’m sitting there sipping away, I get a call from a local number I don’t recognize. It was, of course, the tire center. They’ve got bad news. They can’t rotate and balance because my tires are too bald.

This makes no sense to me, because I was just sure that it hadn’t even been two years since I’d purchased those tires. I asked them to investigate the purchase date and tell me what the warranty was on the tires I had.

So, yeah, one pair was three years old and the other was four. I hadn’t even bought them at the same time. Oh and that one that kept going flat…that was due to the┬áthreads coming out of it. Hang on a sec…I was driving my kids around on these things…in the snow!

The real breakthrough in all of this came two hours later, when I was finally driving away in my cute little Pontiac Vibe on four brand new tires. No shaking. No vibrating. No slipping.

I hadn’t realized how bad the ride had gotten until it wasn’t bad anymore.

Which leads me to consider other areas of my life. Where am I living with a rough go of things, just because I think I don’t have the time or desire to fix what’s broken?

Is it worth it to keep struggling, literally stopping every little bit to figuratively fill whatever it is up with air? Does it make sense to continue going in one direction when you can clearly see that a different road is a much better route to take?

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