I don’t know what’s in the air but it’s something that’s caused a bunch of people to want to tailgate you, then zoom around you as if they’re driving to a fire. This doesn’t seem to be limited to just men/woman/cars/trucks. I’ve seen a wide variety of people on this tangent to get where they want to go…and it seems to happen no matter the time of day.
What irks me the most is when I’m in the slow lane – the slow lane, mind you – and someone swerves out from the fast lane to go around someone and then comes barreling up behind me. Then the tailgating starts – of my car. I’m minding my own business in the SLOW lane, and these idiots think that I’m going to speed up so they can squeeze their car between mine and the car they are trying to pass in the fast lane.
As I was driving to work today, this happened twice. In a strange moment, I remembered a song from the 70’s by Mac Davis (and my friends from Buena High class of ’79 may recognize this song).
You’ve got to stop and smell the roses
You’ve got to count your many blessings everyday
You’re gonna find your way to heaven is a rough and rocky road
If you don’t stop and smell the roses along the way
I wonder if these people have any clue what they’re missing? Couldn’t they leave a few minutes early to avoid driving like a maniac? Do they not realize they are putting other people in danger when they drive like this? Do they not want to see the blue sky, the beautiful trees, the ocean waves, etc. I just shake my head in disbelief.
The rude awakening is that I used to be one of those people. I had to race to here and race to there. In fact, I realized, I was behind the wheel of the car … racing through life. As I have gotten older and (hopefully) wiser, I realized that it’s just not that important. If I need to get somewhere, I either make time for the drive with various scenarios, or I let it go and arrive late. (I used to be fanatic about being on time so going slow is a big change.) I now want to stop and smell the roses no matter what I do. As the song says, the way to heaven is a rough and rocky road and driving faster might get you there sooner than you think!
Are you racing though life?