Director of Adventure Management Operations
Drive a stick long enough and eventually you'll have a clutch issue. It's inconvenient but not impossible to drive without a clutch. Commuting in any city without a clutch isn't an option of course but getting yourself off a track can be done fine.
Here's how I look at it: I've had to work on every stick shift transmission that I have owned. I've never had an automatic require anything other than fluid and filter changes.