It has been a dream for me to go on a road trip in the U.S. with friends. My friends who came here years before me posted amazing photos and videos of road trips in their cool cars. The most exciting factor of a road trip here is the opportunity to explore a foreign land with exciting cars that are not available back home in India. It has been a year now wishing for the right circumstances and finally, I received a surprising phone call from my friend who is working in Michigan. He called me in the evening and told me that he was coming to the O'Hare airport to drop a friend and that he was staying the night at my place and had to leave early morning the next day. The call itself was a pleasant surprise since I'm meeting him after four years and wait it gets better. He invited me to come back with him to Michigan since there was the Thanksgiving break coming up. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there was a final surprise that blew my mind away. He came in my dream car — Jaguar XE, the car I spent years admiring from posters, wallpapers, and rarely on the roads. I thanked all the deities for making this happen. It was as though every single event has aligned perfectly just for me. The classes were online, Thanksgiving holidays, I didn't have many assignments, and finally, I didn't have to deliver newspapers since the last two issues were only online. Seriously, if I think about it, out of nowhere your best friend from college four years ago comes to your home, picks you up in a luxury car, and tells you to stay with him in Michigan to celebrate Thanksgiving. Well, it may be common for other people, but as an Indian student who is living on a budget, the chances of this happening are very low.
I couldn't sleep that night. I felt I traveled back in time to become an exhilarated child who is going in a car for the first time. The beautiful morning finally happened. I packed and got ready and made coffee for my friend and gently woke him up telling him it's time to leave so we can reach before noon. It was a five-hour drive in my dream car. I couldn't wait to get inside and gently drift away in the dark blue Jaguar, with the majestic emblem. We finally started and the ride was exactly as I imagined it. It was the smoothest ride I have ever been in. The interior was rich ivory with a black dashboard. The touch screen and the button controls were the coolest things I've ever seen so far. I kept annoying my friend with my childlike excitement and trying out a dozen options the car had iterating the dialogue from Dee Dee from "Dexter's Laboratory”, "What does this button do?" If you are wondering if I drove it, unfortunately, I didn't know this magical moment would ever happen to me so I never got a license here. But, I drove it around in the parking space and I could still feel the touch of the magnificent car if I close my eyes. The rest of the five-hour journey was a journey in a wonderland I will always cherish.
From my experience, I wish to tell you that all your dreams will come true, maybe not at the time you expect, but they will come true. If all the girls out there wonder why we guys love cars more than our life itself, it is because we began dreaming about it from a very young age. For every guy out there, his love, at first sight, will most probably be a car. My first love was the Jaguar car and finally I experienced my love.