When I joined the Shepparton News team as a journalist at the beginning of February, the thought of writing columns was a terrifying one.
As the topic came up with a fellow journo, this task became even more daunting when he said; ‘‘I love reading other people’s columns because it gives a deeper insight into their lives’’.
This is definitely true.
As humans, we love having a sticky-beak into people’s lives, but I think the biggest reason I love reading columns is the lighter tone, positive messages and quirky, interesting tales.
So as I had a conversation with my housemate late last week that seemed a little left of centre, I was pretty quick to exclaim, ‘‘this needs to be a column!’’
We were chatting about the exhausting and inevitable task of filling up cars with petrol.
I know this may seem like a boring topic, but I assure you, it’s much less boring than the actual task of waiting by the bowsers and listening to that infuriatingly slow tick-tick as petrol fills your tank.
We are both originally from Melbourne, so it is true joy that this task only takes place once every few weeks, in comparison to our previous lives in the city.
Although trips to the petrol station are fewer living in Shepparton and living close to work, there is nothing like the disappointment of looking down at the gauge to see you’re running on fumes.
Both my housemate and I couldn’t quite put our fingers on why this task is so annoying.
For me, I feel it’s probably more because of a lack of organisation.
Often I find myself stressing because I’ve left it so long I worry the car won’t actually turn on.
For my housemate, it’s more about inconvenience.
The idea of making a special trip out to the petrol station annoys her no end, coupled with being stuck behind people.
For both of us, it’s definitely a test of patience.
If anyone has found the key to enjoying a stop at the petrol station, I implore you to share your wisdom.
It will bring a lot of joy into many people’s lives, I’m sure.
I don’t think I’ve succeeded with the lighter tone or the positive message, so I guess to fulfil my own column requirements, my final message is this: get someone else to fill your car with petrol and you’ll be a happier person for it.
Ashlea Witoslawski is a journalist at The News.