I learned the same as @Libra926 and @Telly03. Dad wanted to be sure I could handle anything ... and to this day he's so glad he did because I still have the best driving record in the house!!! Every vehicle I've had was standard/manual except for my two SUVs ... I prefer it ANY DAY over automatic. So much more control. I also like @Lucy-licious!'s suggestion of finding the "bite" in your clutch. That's key to having control.
Once you have this under your belt, you'll feel great. My fav is when I get in my car in my stilettos and get comments like, "You are gonna drive stick in THOSE?!" Hell yeah buddy. And better than you any day. I can take my little sporty car ... or a 70s old Ford pickup in the mud. I'm a little bit of a motor head deep inside, too.
You can close your eyes to things you don't want to see,
but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.
♥ Live Genuinely ♥