Quoting Minion:" I can drive a manual. I had a manual car for over a year until recently. My brother and SO taught me ... [snip!] ... was having to stop on a upwards hill at a red light with cars behind me. I would always roll backwards, but I got better at it."
This! Stopping on a hill when freakin people behind you don't allow enough room. I drove one in Sweden for a year and was never worried because *most* people have standard there and so they allow room and time for everyone to get going. But in USA so many people have no clue and are bad drivers anyway. Also, over there, the lights always went to yellow BEFORE and after green, to give you time to start shifting. I loved that.
I say the hardest parts are when you need to do a lot of stop and go (rush hour), starting from complete stop, and hills. but once you are used to it every day don't really think about it as much. nowadays I only drive DH's occasionally so it's a little more stressful since not used to it daily.