Have you ever been driving down the road, going barely above the speed limit, possibly in the far right lane, and someone speeds by you to make a right turn – – RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU? You’re thinking, “Why did this Nutcase do all of that just to slow me down?? Why couldn’t they just fall in behind me instead of impeding on my progress?!?! WE’RE THE ONLY TWO CARS OUT HERE!” If you live in Texas, like I have for the past 3 years, you definitely know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to drive a couple of miles in DFW without this happening to you. Trust me.
After an incident like this, you may become more prone to speed up just to make sure you stand your ground or at least limit the amount of cars that do this to you. This has pissed me off in the past. I’m not going to lie about it, but the older I get the more I seem to realize about myself and the world around me. When I think about these specific isolated incidents that happen within my Road Rage, I begin to wonder how many cars out here are thinking just like me. I’m sure I can’t be the only one experiencing a series of psychotic assholes every time I get on Highway 75, 635, or 35.
Rush Hour is definitely understandable if someone is running late, but how can this many people be this late on every single day of the week, every time I get in my car? I’m beginning to think there’s more to it than that. Sometimes I get caught up in the competition on a Saturday morning when I have absolutely no timeframe to meet, but I’m simply sick of people driving this way. I get to a point where I don’t want to allow them the pleasure anymore. I’ve gotten more than my fair share of speeding tickets when I had absolutely nowhere to be, and this is why.
The last ticket I received was completely avoidable, and I was caught up in the madness of competition on the road. Maybe I’m still maturing, but hopefully these people will infuriate me less as I am beginning to get older.
Before I ramble on and on about traffic and getting cut off in the right lane, I say all of that to say this: Life is too important to get caught up in the trivial problems this world bestows upon us. Look up at the sky. Imagine yourself traveling through space and the millions of stars that are so big it would take thousands of lifetimes to only travel around a few of them, then think about your problems. Your problems become miniscule – – especially things like Road Rage.
I’ve been practicing this technique for about a year now. I guess you could call it a mild form of meditation, but it always puts my problems exactly where they belong.
What if the next time you’re out driving on a Saturday morning when you have nowhere to be at a particular time, and someone cuts you off, you simply let it go? You turn on your favorite song, forget about it, and at the very worst you reach the same destination 30 seconds to a minute later. You won’t be thinking about that particular asshole who cut you off for much longer, and you save yourself a lot of stress. What if we could all just relax when the time is right? If you’re late for work or whatever, I kind of understand. But you know as well as I do that’s not the only time people drive that way. I don’t really have a “moral of the story” climax within this message other than “let it go”. If someone breaks in front of you at the movie theatre with their kids, but you’re 30 minutes early, let it go. The movie isn’t going anywhere, and there’s plenty of time left.
I challenge anyone who took time out to read this to take ONE WEEK, and eliminate your attitude where it isn’t needed. Maybe you have a problem yelling at traffic like I do or maybe you’re one of those people in the drive-thru who thinks you’re double cheeseburger shouldn’t take as long as everybody else’s. Regardless of what your trivial pet peeve is, let’s charge ourselves to let go. Happiness is similar to money, you have to earn it. It’s a process. One thing that all of the aforementioned situations have in common is you’re allowing someone else to determine whether you have a good day, possibly a good life. Who knows how much negative energy is perpetuating by so many people allowing these things to aggravate them. Spread peace and tranquility in these moments instead.
Laugh more, complain less, and let it go.
Thanks for reading!