Note: Long post. If you want to skip to the moral of the story, I have a TL;DR at the bottom. I've been driving a 2005 Dodge Neon SXT since August 2014. Back then, it seemed like the perfect buy. Great on gas, sleek, fast, and just enough room to haul my bass rig and stuff without obscuring any vision (great trunk space!). Over time, problems had begun to arise. I had never owned a manual, so I didn't realise my clutch was worn to nothing. To this day, the car still shifts fine, but accelerating too quickly can cause the clutch to slip. RPM could soar, but rubber doesn't burn. Last summer, the tie rods on my front gave out while I was exiting a roundabout, rendering my steering useless. This was a relatively cheap fix - $220. Could have been bad had this occurred on a highway the highway I was 300 feet from entering. Another car checkup revealed I had worn CV joints. My boots also needed replacing. More comments on the clutch. Something about a clutch bearing, too. Whole transmission job would have cost me $800, but didn't have that kind of green. Anyway, the problem I never expected to catch up to me - my suspension! The suspension was really bad in front. You'd hear all sorts of weird squeaks and pops. The back wasn't so audible. As I drove home tonight, I turned at a light and suddenly I notice the ride gets extremely bumpy. Strange, what's with the road? I continue, more bumpies. Wow, this is bad. I've driven this road every day for the past ten months... Gotta be the car. Cross an intersection, even more bumpies. I think I'm riding my tires at this point. I make it home, park and get out and do an inspection and find my back end is considerably lower. The tires are now supporting the back of the car's weight. That's where the bumpies came from. I say to myself "ah, great". Strangely enough, I am not upset - and for a number of reasons. 1) I can save money. 2) I can quit this band that's been getting on my nerves and not burn a bridge by claiming I won't be reliable without a working car. I would not be lying! 3) I can focus on woodshedding. 4) I can catch up on some Bible readings and study it more. 5) I can use cheap public transportation that will always get me where I need (or close, at least). 6) This forces me to buy a bike I've only been talking about buying, which will force me to start riding everywhere. This will get me in better shape for my wedding in July. 7) I can free up my schedule by canceling events and leaving other projects, thus giving me peace of mind. 8) More quality time spent with my fiancée and kids cats. A better home life, in general. 9) I reduce my environmental footprint. 10) I won't be able to indulge my GAS. Wow, gang - didn't think so much good could come out of a crappy situation. And to think how good I got it! The car gave up right as I got home AND the fix is cheap (but realistically, I'm selling that POS ). TL;DR: Blessings can be hidden in seemingly unfortunate occurrences. Any bad-but-actually-good happenings go on in your life?