How a lesson learned in Driver's Ed is valuable for your life:
If you become distracted while driving your car, pulling over to take care of the issue is likely the safest thing you can do. Whether you need to make a phone call, look at a map, or stop for a bathroom break - take care of your present needs before you resume driving to your destination. Pulling over to take care of the distraction doesn't prevent you from getting to where you are going, it just helps you get there safely.
The same is true for life. There will be times when things seem overwhelming, emotional, or distracting, and you may need to "park it" for a moment and take a break. In life, taking a break to regroup not only allows you to deal with any problems that are distracting you, but it also gives you time to take care of yourself. Pausing for a bit to deal with issues doesn't mean you are signaling defeat, it's simply part of the journey.
Next time an emotion or problem distracts you from your goals, don't be frustrated with yourself or give up. Instead, pull over, park your car, and take a deep breath. Identify your feelings, address your needs, and ask for help if you need it. After you have taken care of the distraction, you can continue on to your destination.
You are in charge. You are the driver of your life. You decide when you need a break. Even if you have to adjust your timeline, you really haven't lost anything. Instead you made a smart decision that will help you stay safe and successfully reach your goal.
Things you can do to take a break: