I totally agree…. Once you get used to manual shifting it becomes 2nd nature and you don’t even think about it.You'll learn how to drive the manual pretty easy. Back in mid 2000s my sister wanted an Audi TT and back then they only did them in manual. I taught her how to drive a manual in my 89 YJ in a single evening.
she drove it home and shifts gears like a pro fast and furious.
You'll love the manual and it'll be even funner since you are new to the stick